Why bypass NHS labs for mass testing? Concerns over new super-labs

Staff in NHS laboratories are increasingly alarmed at the implications of the government’s turn to create a new network of “super-labs” to process what is supposed to be a rising number of tests for Covid-19, leaving 44 NHS labs under-used.

The development of a new network of labs running parallel to the NHS has taken place with no transparency and no attempt to consult with the unions.

NHS scientific staff in south London have now contacted the Lowdown to express their frustration that while they have the capacity to process large numbers of tests, the NHS labs are struggling to get supplies of the kits and the reagents required.

Full story in The Lowdown, 27 April 2020

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