No one should be profiting from test and trace failure, says UNISON

Government must put system in hands of public health bodies

Commenting on profits looking likely to exceed expectations at outsourcing giant Serco, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Friday):

“It was a mistake from the start for the government to have involved private companies, instead of the NHS and local authorities.

“Shareholders shouldn’t be rubbing their hands with glee when the test and trace system is a catastrophe.

​“Infections are rising, hospital admissions are soaring, and test and trace has just had its worst week ever. No one should be profiting from failure.

“The government must immediately hand this service to public health bodies and do likewise for the roll-out of any vaccination programme.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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