Unused testing capacity has left the Scottish Government “frustrated” amid reports of people unable to be tested within seven days, John Swinney has said.
The deputy first minister promised to investigate reports that home care workers were told they could not be tested yet.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has said it has ample spare capacity for coronavirus testing.
Speaking on the BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Mr Swinney accepted there was “clearly a communication failure” and said the government would be reviewing their testing strategy on Friday afternoon.
Asked about the apparent delays for some key workers to be tested for Covid-19, Mr Swinney said: “One of the issues that I would have to say has frustrated us at times, is that we have had more testing capacity available than has been used.”
He added: “I can assure you that the issues that you’re raising – the practical, real, legitimate issues – need to be addressed, so that we can have an efficient testing strategy.
“For somebody to be told: “Look, there’s a test available at Arbroath” and you’re living in Glasgow, is just not acceptable. I totally recognise that.
“So we have to make sure that the capacity is used to the full throughout the country.
“I live in the Tayside area and I’ve seen NHS Tayside really stretching the delivery of tests and reaching out to organisations asking them, ‘do you have anybody that needs a test? Get them in here and we can get them tested’.
“There are really proactive steps being taken in different parts of the country to reach different groups and to make sure they can be tested, and perhaps we need to have a bit more of that in the country.
“But we’ll certainly reflect on those points in the course of the review undertaken today.”
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