NHS Providers comment on latest test and trace data (23.07.20)
23 July 2020
Commenting on the latest test and trace data, deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said:
"As today's PAC report shows, the UK had a stop start approach to testing and we are now paying the price for that.
"However, it is heartening to see that gradual progress is being made in terms of those being reached by the NHS test and trace service and passing on their contacts.
"It is disappointing that the speed of turnaround has declined in the wider population testing pillar with only 47% being returned within 24 hours.
"There are two things that are now critical to seeing improvements:
"We need to see faster progress now that the system has started to bed in, particularly given further easing of lockdown restrictions this weekend.
"We also need to see greater coordination with local public health teams and local systems. As we have seen from Leicester and other places at risk – local responses are central to avoiding and managing lockdowns in the future.
"From the NHS’ perspective an effective testing regime is key to helping prevent and treat COVID cases, but also to keep staff and patients safe through widespread regular testing across the health and care system."