A BRADFORD MP has demanded the Government "sorts out" issues with coronavirus tests after a local family were told to travel to Scotland with coronavirus-like symptoms.

Speaking in parliament this morning, Judith Cummins (Labour, Bradford South) raised the case of a constituent who had been trying to get a test for her eight-year-old asthmatic son since yesterday.

He had Covid-19 symptoms since 7.30am that morning with her partner, a key worker, also experiencing symptoms.

Speaking during questions to the Leader of the House of Commons, Judith Cummins MP said: “By mid-afternoon she was told the only place with any availability was in Scotland.

“She lives in Bradford - an area currently under local restrictions, with rates that are now the second highest in the country.

“When she went to the local walk-in testing centre, she was told the tests had been sent elsewhere in the country.

“While she’s now got one booked today, many of other people are facing exactly the same issue.

“Does the Leader of the House agree that this is totally unacceptable – and will he ensure the Health Secretary sorts it out?”

The Acting Leader of the House Stuart Andrew, who represents our neighbouring Pudsey constituency, replied, “I thank the honourable member and, of course, being a neighbouring Member of Parliament I know exactly the issue she is facing with regards to Bradford. As I said a moment ago, we are testing thousands and thousands of people. There are some issues I accept. I will certainly raise those with the Secretary of State.”

Speaking afterwards, Judith Cummins MP said: “The Government has promised a ‘world beating’ test and trace service but they can’t even get the basics right here in Bradford. People who have symptoms should be able to get tests straight away, especially in Bradford which still has a high number of cases. Instead they’re being told to travel to Scotland. It is ridiculous. The Health Secretary must get a grip on this now and ensure everyone who needs a test can access one locally.”