By Nick Triggle Published 10 March comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic The impact of NHS Test and Trace is still unclear – despite the UK government setting aside £37bn for it over two years, MPs are warning. The Public Accounts Committee said it was set up on the basis it would help prevent future lockdowns – but since its creation there had been two more. It said the spending was “unimaginable” and warned the taxpayer could not be treated like an “ATM machine”. But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the MPs’ report “defies logic”. Baroness Dido Harding, head of the National Institute for Health Protection, which runs the system, pointed out it had been built from scratch and was now doing more tests than any other comparable country. She said performance had been improving with more people who tested positive being reached and more of their close contacts being asked to isolate. “It is making a real impact in breaking the chains of transmission,” she added. But the MPs’ report questioned: An over-reliance on consultants, with some paid more than £6,600 a day A failure to be ready for the surge… Read full this story
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