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Testing Chaos

September 14, 2020 2:26 PM

mysh (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)The past week or so has seen a worrying increase in new covid cases reported. Since the initial wave of cases was brought under control by the national lock-down there has been a general consensus that the way to prevent the risk of a second wave was to ensure that the test and trace scheme was indeed approaching the world class standard promised by the Prime Minister for June. The quieter summer gave time to grow capacity, improve processes, improve coordination with local authority public health etc etc

So how are things going?

The Daily Mail, normally a cheer-leader for the Government ran an article yesterday which concludes that it appears the summer has been wasted. Their headline "Government's 'world-beating' covid testing system 'is in chaos with 185,000 backlog and is sending tests to Italy and Germany in desperate bid to catch up' " gives a clue that they are not impressed.!

Amongst the articles findings are

Amazingly the Conservative peer who has been responsible for setting up Track and Trace, Dido Harding, is deemed to have made such a success of the job that she has also been given responsibility for reorganising Public Health England in her spare time! Surely fixing the test processes requires her full-time attention

The Prime Minister has recently found time to complain about the singing of Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms and is giving Parliamentary time to debating a Bill which will see us intentionally break international law by ignoring a treaty he himself signed. The first duty of Government is to protect its citizens. He needs to get a grip of the testing processes before it is too late. Hospital admissions are on the rise again and care home owners are complaining they cannot access regular tests

We all want to avoid another lock-down so sort it out Mr Johnson!