Preston MP Mark Hendrick has blasted Central Government for the lack of tests available to local authorities.
Hendrick has demanded that Secretary of State Health and Social Care Matt Hancock ‘fix this mess’, referring to the Government’s handling of COVID testing and tracing.
Blog Preston reported this statement from Mark Hendrick:
Mr Hendrick said: “‘The test and trace system in the UK is wholly inadequate and the turnaround time for getting results is exceptionally high. The government should be making more tests available for areas like Preston, which is an area of intervention.
“Worryingly, I am told that we currently only have two days’ worth of stock for covid testing and that we may need to stop our community testing.
“It was only a few weeks ago when we were all being encouraged to get tested without any symptoms by the government.
“Now the government have u-turned and only those with symptoms should obtain a test but we are even desperately ill prepared for that and the system can’t cope.
“So many people in Preston and throughout Lancashire are unable to work or go to school because they can’t get their hands on a test. It’s a disgrace.
“I am aware that there are care homes left without test results for days and also that our hospital staff and essential workers can’t obtain tests, which means that staff are having to self-isolate which is now putting extra strain on essential services.
“What we urgently need is a fully resourced and localised test and trace system across Lancashire.
“Testing is a shambles and Matt Hancock must set out a plan to fix this mess today. We don’t have time to spare.”
Hancock told the House of Commons this week, “I think we will be able to solve this problem in a matter of weeks.”