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Sturgeon scores own goal as she admits Scotland cannot solve COVID-19 'by ourselves'

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Nicola Sturgeon admitted Scotland alone cannot solve the issue of delayed return of coronavirus tests after confirming she has been working with Matt Hancock to address the problem. The First Minister said she has been communicating with the UK Health Secretary to ensure Scotland continues to have “fair access” to UK labs. Ms Sturgeon said: “We can’t solve this on our own.

“I had a talk with Matt Hancock and Dido Harding to seek assurances that Scotland will continue to get fair access to the UK-wide laboratory process.”

However the comment sparked irony on social media after users noted the First Minister has requested continued access to the very same labs Scotland would no longer be allowed to use if the nation were to become independent.

Scottish Conservative councillor for Milngavie Graham McGinnigle wrote: “Nicola Sturgeon just commented on getting fair access to UK Laboratory space.

“The same laboratory space that she wants us to walk away from.”

Another user said: “Can’t wait to see the data which will prove the Labs provide a proportionately higher capacity to Scotland.

“Wasted by SNP @scotgovhealth processes and ideology driven management. Watch.”

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