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Govt must scale up testing and tracing

April 23, 2020 9:15 PM
By Ellen Nicholson

Responding to the Health Secretary's press conference where he announced a move towards tests for all essential workers, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

"NHS and social care workers are protecting us and putting themselves on the line every single day. They need us to protect them.

"The move towards tests for all essential workers is a welcome step, but the Government should have already started tracing weeks ago. Ministers must also face up to why the UK is still using less than half its coronavirus testing capacity.

"Our priority must be protecting the most vulnerable in our society. We can only do that with even larger numbers of people working on tracing, including using local tracing experts, and setting out plans to support people as they isolate."

South West Wiltshire spokesperson for the Lib Dems, Ellen Nicholson said testing and tracing is essential to managing coronavirus as wewait for a vaccine. I particularly want to think of our health and social care workers who have lost their lives to this awful virus".

A minute's silence for the frontline health and social care workers lost to the Coronavirus has been scheduled for the 28th April by three health unions.

UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives together represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.
These unions are urging politicians, employers, people at work and those on lockdown at home to join the tribute at11am next Tuesday. Testing and Tracing ()