LISTEN: Mark Ruskell explains the discussion with the government to get testing back into Highland Perthshire
Running out of McDiarmid Park, the new testing centre will allow people from across Highland Perthshire to save a trip into Dundee, which is under tier 3 restrictions, where previously the nearest testing centre was .
Mr Ruskell said: “I am delighted Professor Leitch has acted swiftly to address the issue I raised with him and that people in Perth and Kinross will no longer be forced to ignore the guidance on travel if they need a test for the coronavirus.”
His comments follow after Professor Leitch promised to Mr Ruskell during the committee: “I’m very happy to look at Perth in particular if we think there’s a change in that particular locality.
“I’m not aware of a particular demand there that is not met, but if there is, I will be very, very, happy to look into that and get back to you.”
Mr Ruskell added: “I think it’s really important that we have more localised centres, not just because a lot of people without access to a car will struggle, but also because travel its self is being recommended against at the moment.
The MSP is welcoming this in particular because of ‘delays’ from home testing kits getting to people and their lack of ‘rapidness’ to get results back to people.
Now that the testing centre is running, he is now asking that locals with symptoms make the best use of the facility.
Mr Ruskell emphasized: “And I urge people to use the centre that’s now been put in place as a result of the commitment that Professor Leitch gave me last week in parliament.”