The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has claimed that staff mistakes at Immensa Laboratories in Wolverhampton may have caused 23 extra deaths from Covid-19. The report said as many as 39,000 positive results were wrongly reported as negative in September and October 2021.
The mistakes led to “increased numbers of [hospital] admissions and deaths”, the report, published on Tuesday, concluded. Thousands of people, many in the South West, were wrongly told to stop testing after their results were processed by Immensa.
The Wolverhampton laboratory was used for additional testing capacity for NHS Test and Trace from early September 2021, but testing was suspended on 12 October following reports of inaccurate results.
Full story in The BBC, 29 November 2022