Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to set out when Scots suspected of having Covid-19 will have access to new 90-minute testing machines.
UK Government Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast this morning that the new tests will be rolled out from next week. However, the UK Government's announcement does not specify if/when the tests will be available in Scotland.
The current Scottish Government advice says that testing results "should be with you within 48 hours."
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Being able to test for both coronavirus and the seasonal flu and have results within 90 minutes could be a huge boost in the battle to contain Covid-19.
"By deploying these machines to care homes and schools as well as medical facilities, people would be able to get results while they wait, rather than having to wait up to 48 hours for results.
"I'm sure the Scottish Government is monitoring every scientific breakthrough with interest. Many Scots will be keen to know when 90-minute tests will be available in Scotland.
"While the current caseload remains low, the Health Secretary has a duty to ensure that we are well prepared for any resurgence of the virus. I hope she can give us all some comfort and announce when these rapid tests will be available for use."