Professor criticizes the United Kingdom for prioritizing test and trace over primary care.
A PROFESSOR has slammed the amount of money spent on mass testing, arguing that it should instead be put into primary care.
Carl Heneghan, a professor of evidence-based medicine, has accused No. 10 of “spending more on test and trace than the entire primary care budget.” He also advocated for spending mass testing funds on NHS health services rather than on mass testing.
“In terms of lateral flow tests or mass testing of perfectly healthy youngsters, considering some of the questions regarding the accuracy of these tests, particularly when you don’t have symptoms,” Julia Hartley-Brewer questioned on TalkRadio.
“Does it truly make a difference? Is this an efficient use of our country’s resources?”
Professor Carl Heneghan responded, “Look, this is a much bigger issue now that people have to grapple with.”
“We spend more on test and trace than we do on primary care as a whole.
“We need to have a dose of reality here because there are a lot of tales coming out about the challenges in general practice.”
“Some money needs to be taken away from mass testing and test and trace and put into the health service,” he continued.
“We’re talking about almost 5 million individuals on waiting lists right now.
“This is a pressing issue that requires people to take a look at it and say, ‘We need to move the focus back to an evidence-based approach.”
“In terms of the mass testing strategy, we need to start thinking about how we can now turn it off, transfer the cash to where healthcare is needed,” the professor stated.
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“And if we had that larger contextual database, people would say, ‘Oh my god, look at all the problems we now have.’
“‘Could we create a database of people on waiting lists for heart surgery and hip operations?’
“Then they may concentrate on the more important things.”