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NHS Confederation - Rapid turnaround of tests, local involvement key to avoiding second COVID-19 peak

On Monday 29 June, the Independent published the article Failing the test: Slow start and flawed decisions in Britain’s coronavirus testing have cost lives, warn health leaders

In response, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

The Lighthouse Labs have played a key role in boosting testing capacity across the country, but there were delays in rolling them out and more should have been done to use public health expertise across the NHS and local authorities.

“We need certainty that anyone, including staff, can access testing when and where they need it, and that results will be returned without delay. This is vital if we are to contain the spread of the disease. The pressure on our members is immense as the NHS restarts patient services but it also has to be prepared for local outbreaks or worse, a second wave.

“The test and trace programme that is in its infancy. We know the contact tracers still cannot reach a significant proportion of those who may have the virus – this is the big risk now.”

Original article link: https://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2020/06/rapid-turnaround-of-tests-local-involvement-key-to-avoiding-second-peak

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