Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing local forensic testing services for victims of sexual assault.
Speaking after a meeting with Justice Secretary Michael Matheson in parliament on Thursday afternoon, the MSPs acknowledged the progress being made towards providing services without the need for individuals to have an overnight ferry or plane journey to Aberdeen.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
“The Cabinet Secretary’s reassurances about a long-term solution for forensic testing are welcome. We look forward to seeing the government’s commitment to ensuring that the necessary equipment and staff are available to deliver services locally in the islands.
“Our NHS boards must also be commended for their efforts in working towards a sustainable service for victims in the Northern Isles. This includes the local training for GPs in Shetland who have already agreed to undertake the forensic examinations.
“We want to see an end to the traumatic trips survivors of sexual assault must endure in order to allow the evidence that might help convict their attackers to be collected. The sooner these new arrangements can be put in place, the better.”