Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

Because of Covid-19, there are some changes to how the Parliament prepares for the election.

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Question ref. S5W-35114
Asked by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 10 February 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what the average time taken has been between it receiving an external offer to help with COVID-19 diagnostic testing and it responding to the offer.

Current status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 16 February 2021


Any organisation that has offered to support testing provision is referred to NHS Scotland's National Services Scotland (NSS) as they co-ordinate the operational delivery of testing services.

A number of university and private laboratories stepped in to assist with testing in the early stages of the pandemic. However, as we have significantly increased our testing capacity from 350 tests per day to a maximum weekday capacity of more than 75,000 tests (based on the combined capacity of NHS Scotland and our share of UKG Lighthouse Laboratory Network capacity, so other laboratories that have assisted have been stood down.

A number of university and private laboratories remain part of the contingency plans should additional testing capacity be required. We are grateful for their continued support.