UNISON responds to Public Accounts Committee report on test and trace

Handing huge sums to contractors was a mistake

Commenting on the latest Public Accounts Committee report ​published today (Wednesday) that reveals the NHS test and trace programme has failed on its ‘main objective’, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Handing jaw-dropping sums of money to private companies to run critical public health operations was a mistake from the off. Test and trace wasn’t fit for purpose and the virus continued to spread.

“Existing public health bodies or local authorities would have been much more efficient at building and running the programme. Public trust and take-up among communities may also have been higher.

“Instead of planning the system properly, ministers threw fistfuls of cash at contractors with little scrutiny​. Money that could have created a sustainable public health legacy has instead been generating profits for private business.

“The government must rethink its financial priorities​. That means ensuring money is made available for the workers who keep key public services running.”

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