In the latest problem with a £50 billion nightmare, 300,000 Covid test kits have gone missing.
The government has revealed that more than 300,000 covid test kits sent for care facilities to help protect elderly and vulnerable people were missing last week.
The incident with supplier Kuehne and Nagal, according to Whitehall sources, was part of a larger systemic flaw with the test and trace system, which has now cost the public more than £50 billion.
Hundreds of thousands of Covid tests may have been misplaced this year, according to a Whitehall insider.
The paucity of tests, according to a source in Public Health England, is “one of the reasons so many individuals are having to self-isolate at the moment.”
To make up for the 300,000 tests that were lost, civil workers at the Department of Health proposed distributing fake tests, which are worthless because their bar code has been used on another test. This plan, however, was immediately abandoned.
Concerns about the catastrophe were also addressed directly with health secretary Sajid Javid and care homes minister Helen Whately, according to a senior Conservative MP, who have requested an internal probe.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) described the loss of over 300,000 tests as a “isolated incident” late last night.
“We have robust systems to ensure that only tests that have satisfied our rigorous standards are sent out,” a spokeswoman said.
“This single incident had no influence on people’s ability to receive a test kit, and anyone experiencing symptoms was able to get tested by visiting a test site or ordering a test to be delivered to their house.
“NHS Test and Trace is helping to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks and saving lives across the UK by disrupting transmission chains. Over 224 million tests have now been performed, allowing us to identify positive cases and follow up on their contacts.”
“We are happy to collaborate with the DSHC to ensure that NHS Test and Trace meets its obligations in these very tough times,” a K and N spokesman said. Quality assurance and quality control are of the utmost significance to us.”