Thanks to outsourcing, England’s test and trace system is in chaos – Allyson Pollock

Allyson Pollock, clinical professor of public health at Newcastle University and author of NHS plc: the Privatisation of Our Health Care, discusses why the government’s test, track and trace system, is not effective or integrated.

Pollock writes that this is because a key part of it operates not as part of the NHS, but in parallel to it – as a network of commercial, privatised testing labs, drive-through centres and call centres. The chaos this has brought has resulted in huge gaps in information available to local services, causing delays in accessing results and hampering efforts to control the outbreak.

Full article in The Guardian, 31 July 2020

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