Covid tests

The request was successful.

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Can you please advise why you are promoting healthy individuals to have covid tests with PCR and lateral flow tests already deemed not fit for purpose?

The LFTs state that they are designed for symptomatic people only and running the PCR tests at 40-45 cycles gives 97% false positive results.

The FDA has withdrawn the LFT tests.

Can you please provide me with scientific evidence of your assertion that 1 in three people may be asymptomatic spreaders.

Yours faithfully,

Annette Allison

Yours faithfully,

Annette Alison

Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Alison

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street

Working from home
Please contact via email

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Neil McKay, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms. Alison


Request for Information


I refer to your email of 17 June seeking information in relation to Covid


Having investigated,  I can advise that the overall Covid-19 testing
strategy is determined by the Scottish Government and not North
Lanarkshire Council.


Information on this strategy is publicly available on the Scottish
Government's website and as you may know, Section 25 of the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002, provides an absolute exemption for
information that is already accessible.  For ease of reference the direct
link is as follows: -




I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions,
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if
you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write
to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.


I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-


Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [email address]


Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -


I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.


Yours sincerely





Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Democratic and Legal Services

Working From Home

Please contact by email


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