Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has condemned the UK Government’s “testing fiasco” and called on ministers to mirror the approach of the Welsh Government.
Latest official statistics show that the UK Government’s Test and Trace system, which is run by private companies including Serco, has achieved a record low contact rate of just 63 per cent.
In Wales, track and trace is being treated as a public service that is locally run and has achieved a contact rate of 96 per cent since 21 June, helping communities stay safe from coronavirus.
During a debate in Parliament on the UK Government’s economic response to the pandemic, Chris asked Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds MP, whether the UK Government should learn from the Welsh Government’s approach to improve performance.
During the following debate, specifically on test and trace, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rachel Reeves MP, said the government “could have gone to Mark Drakeford, rather than to McKinsey.”
Commenting after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said:
“Matt Hancock’s test and trace system is going from bad to worse – and it’s one of the reasons why infection rates are now rising exponentially.
“The UK Government needs to sack expensive consultancy firms like Serco and do what Labour has been telling them to do from the start: create a system which is locally-led and which works hand-in-hand with our local authorities.
“If the UK Government doesn’t get to grips with this crisis, we’re going to face a very bleak winter.”