Responding to the ‘test, track, trace’ strategy outlined at the Government’s press conference, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“We are beginning to see light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. If we are to escape from the current lock down, we do not just need the virus under control, we need an effective tracing regime as well as continued social distancing measures. It looks as if this is now being put in place.
“The tracing app looks exciting but as the Secretary of State has accepted it is not the answer in itself – we will also need that army of contact tracers to stop further spread. This is well-worn territory for local authorities and public health professionals and the sooner the system is up and ready to roll out the better.
“At the same time, staff in the NHS and social care must remain a priority for testing – and this will become even more important as the NHS steps up to resume care and treatment that has been stopped or curtailed by the pandemic.”