Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, has backed the calls of a number of leading experts who are urging the Scottish Government to rapidly increase the number of daily Covid-19 tests that are being carried out in Scotland.

The leading Scottish think-tank, Our Scottish Future, run by former Prime Minister and Scottish Labour MP Gordon Brown, has released a report which underlines the fact that the Scottish Government has thus far not conducted anywhere near as many Covid-19 tests than should have been carried out by this point. It echoes the advice from the World Health Organisation which has now been urging nations to test as much as possible since early March.

Jackie Baillie has continuously called on the Scottish Government to increase testing. She has pointed out that without a dramatic increase in the number of daily tests, Scotland will remain in the dark as to the true extent of the crisis that it faces. The Scottish Government is still continually failing to meet its own daily testing target of 10,000 tests.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“The World Health Organisation and Health Experts around the world have been making it clear from day one that we must test, test and test again. Without widespread testing, we will not understand the scale of the fight that we face and we will not be able to respond appropriately.

“I welcome the changes that have been made surrounding testing policy in Scotland but it has been slow and is still not anywhere near far enough.

“The public deserves to be reassured by the Scottish Government that it is doing everything it can to keep them safe. Currently, the distinct lack of testing means that those who are asymptomatic are continuing to pass on the disease and many who need treatment are slipping through the net. It is not enough to only test those presenting symptoms. This approach has seen Scotland’s death toll rise beyond what anyone would have predicted just a few months ago. We need mass testing to help us to control coronavrius”

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