Boris Johnson to ‘scrap free lateral flow tests within weeks’

Under the new proposals, free tests will be limited to high-risk settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools.

A senior Whitehall source told the Sunday Times: “I don’t think we are in a world where we can continue to hand out free lateral flow tests to everybody. It’s likely we will move to a scenario where there is less testing but we have a capacity to ramp it up if necessary.”

The rapid tests were made available to everyone in England, including those without symptoms, in April.

The government has spent more than £6billion on mass testing.

Just cost-cutting, bringing down the numbers or based on “the science” … :question:

None of our local chemists have any in stock anyway.

Same here, Tabby.

Wonder how much they will cost to the general public

I consider I was fortunate to receive my lateral flow test kit in the post this morning.

Blimey, I’d better try and get hold of some :astonished: I had no idea they were in such sort supply…I have a few left but they won’t last long.

Dunno, but bet a lot of people will just stop using them if they’ve got to pay.

A first look on the internet says £4.99 each.

Aren’t you going to be working in a school Pixie? Because if so, you should get LFT free of charge through them. At least that’s what happens in England; maybe it’s different in Scotland?

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Yes, but I have to provide my own mask, so I doubt LFT will be provided. They do give me hand sanitiser though…:woman_shrugging:

I don’t know how the devolved nations are going to deal with this, I can’t find any info at the moment.

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Yes, my daughter has had to supply her own masks in the past. Now she’s working in a special school, 90% autistic pupils, and masks are out of the question as they could trigger all sorts of unexpected responses from the children. In her last school, though, she supplied masks, and they supplied LFTs and hand sanitizer. I hope that turns out to be the case for you too @Pixie.

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Think you might find that is for ONE test only, not a box of 7 like we had before.
I certainly don’t want to be paying a fiver per test!

There’s going to be people making a lot of money out of this.

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And more room for error too, I would think.

It is indeed for one test.

Here’s where I looked:

Yes, I found that place too.
I thought it was a box full at first, but then when you look at the top right corner of the box itself, it says ’ 1 test.’
Not easy to see though, is it because it looks like they are saying there are 19 test kits, but it is in fact Covid 19 test kits x 1.

Isn’t this a natural progression to normality, if you are jabbed and feel under the weather just go with the flow, if it worsens then contact the NHS who if they feel you need a hospital visit then the test would be free, we have to learn to live with it, what difference will it make if you actually have the virus with no more than flu like symptoms ?

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I’m just back from my local chemist with a box of 7 tests. I was advised that fresh deliveries usually come later in the afternoon, so I don’t know if that’s just up here or all over. Might be worth checking if you are in town later in the day or perhaps give them a phone.

No plans (yet) for charging for LFT in Scotland.

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So, are the tests still free and did you order them … :question:

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