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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-36028
Asked by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 11 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-35328 by Humza Yousaf on 1 March 2021, what the qualifying criteria was for the asymptomatic tests that Scottish Prison Service staff were able to access from their NHS boards, and how many asymptomatic tests that were offered under the criteria were used by Scottish Prison Service staff.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021


Where an outbreak is identified the Local Health Board may form an Incident Management Team (IMT) to work with the prison and relevant stakeholders to identify the most appropriate courses of action to manage and reduce transmission. This may include a decision to carry out asymptomatic testing of Scottish Prison Service staff. The NHS led IMTs are best place to agree the most appropriate approach to testing in that instance.

The Scottish Government does not hold information on the qualifying criteria or the numbers of tests that were offered to staff.