Jun 25, 2021

Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace weaknesses remain, says watchdog

There are still significant weakness in the performance of NHS Test and Trace in England, a watchdog is warning. The speed of contact tracing also improved when tests were carried out at official sites. The creation of the UK Health Security Agency, which will take on responsibility for NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre and some functions of Public Health England in October, could disrupt the focus on containing the virus, the report warned. The NAO warned effectiveness of the service was still being undermined by low levels of public compliance, both in terms of coming forward for testing and adhering to isolating. A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said NHS Test and Trace was playing an "Essential role" in the pandemic by breaking chains of transmission and spotting outbreaks early.

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