The South Belfast MLA was speaking after it was revealed there had been 53 care homes which have seen an outbreak of COVID-19.
“It is now clear our priorities for testing have left care home staff too low on this list. With 53 care homes now affected, they must be tested urgently – for the sake of their own well-being and for that of residents,” she said.
“Furthermore, while drive-through centres including the new one opening at Balmoral can be used for this, it is essential there be no requirement for this to be done via a drive-through centre. We must remember care home staff often have no access to a car. Alternative, immediate arrangements must be made for them.
“I would urge the Health Minister to pursue this without delay, and to implement a programme which will not just see testing in the coming days, but which will enable ongoing testing to protect staff and residents and stop clusters developing.”