‘Scandalous’ postcode lottery of coronavirus care home testing in Scotland
Figures show huge divergence in figures for different parts of the country
Scottish health board figures for tests on care home staff and residents reveal a “scandalous” postcode lottery, with vast divergence in how different parts of the country are coping with new testing policy.
Scotland’s health secretary, Jeane Freeman, pledged on 28 May to offer weekly tests to all 50,000 care home workers. Last Friday, after concerns were raised about the uptake of the policy, she sent a strongly worded letter to health board chief executives last Friday, telling them that directives were “not for local interpretation”, and that board-by-board data on the number of completed tests would now be published weekly.