Homes owner wants more

Hitting test kit target ‘just end of beginning’ says Kilgour

Robert Kilgour

Robert Kilgour: ‘We have had too many false starts’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Care homes owner Robert Kilgour today said that hitting the Scottish government’s target for delivering testing kits in the sector should be the ‘end of the beginning’.

Mr Kilgour, whose Renaissance Care has 15 homes across Scotland, welcomed progress so far but warned of “too many false starts’ and he called for twice-a-week testing of staff.

His comments came after the government said NHS labs in all health board areas in Scotland have met the 3,500 target for daily processing capacity.

All residents and staff will now be tested in care homes with an outbreak, whether or not they have symptoms.

However, Mr Kilgour called for more mobile testing units to improve access for social care residents and staff alike.

He said that hitting the target was “good news that will boost morale across a hard-stretched social care sector this weekend.

“Progress has been positive and I commend the Scottish Government for knuckling down and achieving some quite tough targets on testing overall.

This is just the end of the beginning as far as testing for social care settings is concerned.

– Robert Kilgour, Renaissance Care

“My congratulations and thanks go to ministers as well as all those staff at testing centres across the country who have pulled together to rise to the challenge set.

“But this is just the end of the beginning as far as testing for social care settings is concerned.

“We have had too many false starts before. So the government really needs to keep its foot on the accelerator pedal, driving up testing capacity further still, until it reaches every care home resident and worker where and when they need it.”

Mr Kilgour, who built the Four Seasons care homes business before selling it in 2004, has campaigned for more Covid-19 testing kits and continues to press the case for greater protection for care workers and staff.

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