McArthur welcomes publication of local testing figures

Responding to the announcement from NHS Orkney that the number of Covid-19 tests being carried out in Orkney will now be made publicly available on a weekly basis, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur commented:

“I welcome the decision by NHS Orkney to publish localised information and provide the public with greater clarity on the level of testing taking place in Orkney.

“I have been pressing Ministers for weeks to agree to releasing testing data.  To date, despite warm words, the Scottish Government has refused to budge.

“I therefore welcome NHS Orkney’s decision to follow the lead taken by NHS Shetland in making public this information.  As we move forward with ‘test and protect’, other types of information will also be needed to give people an understanding of the situation in their local area.

“It is clear that transparency is key to building public confidence and the compliance we will need to see as we continue to emerge from ‘lockdown’.  This move by NHS Orkney is a good step in the right direction.”

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