by Ian Shires on 12 July, 2020
Responding to news that NHS Test and Trace has only reached some 70% of ‘close contacts’ of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
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Yesterday the Chancellor offered us discounts to eat out, but many people will be too worried to do so. That’s because the NHS Test and Trace is still failing to reach large numbers of people, despite costing taxpayers some £10 billion in private contracts.
We need to test, trace and isolate every case of COVID-19 to keep people safe. The public need to have confidence that NHS Test & Trace is fully functional. With the figures failing to improve week to week, it’s clear there is still a lot of work to do.
The Government must act now to ensure that this system is as comprehensive as possible to make sure no-one slips through the net. Any failings in this system will put public health at risk and jeopardise our chances of a rapid economic recovery.