It’s essential this authorities will get a grip of it’s failing Covid-19 testing programme
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Individuals are determined to do the proper factor, however the delayed take a look at and hint app, absolutely the shambles of a testing course of and the unwillingness to take any duty, exhibits this authorities is as complacent as it’s incompetent.
MPs throughout the Home are all listening to the identical factor from their constituents. We’re telling Matt Hancock that individuals are having issues getting checks once they want them and crucially, the place they want them.
Folks in Luton are being instructed to go to Leicester, Twickenham instructed to go to Aberdeen – however no drive via checks can be found. Individuals are being turned away from stroll in centres and residential testing kits are rarer than rocking horse manure. But, the Secretary of State refused to listen to and even acknowledge these points.
The robotic recital of statistics on capability and numbers examined, felt like a crude try to gaslight anybody with real issues. Sure, he had the variety of folks examined however not the quantity of people that had tried and couldn’t get a take a look at.
Having been one of many first areas of intervention, we discovered in Luton that dependable and correct information is significant within the combat to regulate Covid-19. If folks with signs can’t get examined, and if people who find themselves instructed to isolate can’t get examined, how is anybody presupposed to know with any nice certainty how many individuals even have Covid-19?
Individuals are determined to do the proper factor and shield the NHS and their family members, but once they go to e book a take a look at, too many are met with ‘pc says no.’
The reality behind Moonshot and boasts about capability, is chaos and incompetence. We’ve seen contracts handed out to Tory buddies within the personal sector and an absence of joined up pondering. Contracts which presumably block and prohibit widespread sense pondering. Why not ship checks by courier to the place we all know there’s essentially the most want, after which ship them by courier again to be processed?
We’re all the time instructed that market-focused personal suppliers within the well being service are there to greatest reply to sufferers’ wants and calls for, however right here’s one other advantageous show of that mantra simply being fallacious.
Check kits produced by Randox laboratories needed to be ditched as a result of they didn’t meet the required security requirements for coronavirus testing
On the Well being and Social Care Choose Committee, a few of us raised issues when Dido Harding was unable to reply even the only questions when it got here to Check and Hint. Her suitability for the position has additionally come into query. There was no transparency over her appointment, nor has there been with any contracts dished out to Serco, nor the £133 million contract for Randox Laboratories which is suggested by ex-Tory Cupboard Minister Owen Patterson.
Serco’s Check and Hint makes an attempt in August solely reached 52.4% of individuals from the identical family and take a look at kits produced by Randox laboratories needed to be ditched as a result of they didn’t meet the required security requirements for coronavirus testing. That is an abject and harmful failure which it appears no person in Authorities is prepared to take duty for.
Extra importantly, there isn’t any accountability. If we’re to get this proper for the size of time Covid-19 is with us, then we have to be sincere about the place the dealing with of the pandemic has gone fallacious in addition to proper.
The delayed take a look at and hint app, absolutely the shambles of a testing course of and the unwillingness to take any duty exhibits this Authorities is as complacent as it’s incompetent.
If now we have any hope of getting via a winter flu season and one other spike in Covid circumstances, it’s essential that the Authorities will get a grip of testing.
Sarah Owen is the Labour MP for Luton North and is a member of the Well being and Social Care Choose Committee.