Responding to the Health Secretary’s suggestion that tests should be prioritised for those who need it most, Dr Layla McCay, director at the NHS Confederation, said:
“We welcome the Health Secretary’s suggestion that tests should be given to those who need them most and suggest that first in the queue should be NHS and care home staff as well as their dependents. Keeping these key workers home waiting for a test when they could be out delivering essential care is counterproductive.
“On his point that it would take a “matter of weeks” to resolve the problems, we seem light years away from the world-beating test and trace system that we were promised. Every week we wait for these problems to be resolved is a week of some NHS staff not being able to go to work, and a week that makes it harder to identify and contain COVID-19 surges.
“The problem is that the Government once again risks over-promising and under-delivering which in turn undermines public confidence at the point when it is so desperately needed.”