MP calls for easy local access to Covid-19 testing

A LOCAL politician is seeking reassurance that key worker mobile testing for coronavirus will be easily accessible in his largely rural constituency.

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell is writing to health boards in his constituency asking for regional clarification on the Covid-19 initiative announced by the UK and Scottish Governments.

Mr Mundell said: “It is very important that as mobile testing is rolled out across Scotland, and extended to key workers and their families, that it is available to all communities in my constituency and people are not required to travel long distances to access it -- particularly at a time when there is limited public transport and family members are being urged to stay at home. 

"The military have so far done a great job in supporting testing, but only at sites like Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport which are not suitable for most local people. I hope that we will also see them being used locally as required. 

"It is clear that testing is going to be a key part of the next phase of trying to manage this dreadful disease and we need to ensure that people in our area have the same access to testing as elsewhere as well as ensuring our elderly and vulnerable in care homes and the community are protected right now.”