Ministers have admitted they are missing out today on Matt Hancock & # 39; s coronavirus testing – to & # 39; experts call it a & # 39; red cardiac & # 39; made you & # 39; t hinder the response to the outbreak.
Amid criticism that the UK was lagging behind countries such as South Korea and Germany, the health secretary on April 2 dramatically argued that 100,000 checks per day at & # 39; the end of & # 39; e month would be carried out.
But although the daily capacity is now above 70,000, the number of actual tests still barely reaches half the target.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland acknowledged from & # 39; this morning that the goal was & # 39; probably & # 39; will be missed, and blame the fact that the government started from a & # 39; empty base & # 39; and said he now hopes the numbers will reach the mark in the coming days.
NHS providers, who represent trust in health services, launched a scathing attack on Mr Hancock's handling of the situation, saying that the pressure to redirect the number to a & # 39; distraction & # 39; led to chaotic expansion of the regime.
Matt Hancock (pictured yesterday in Downing Street) sees embarrassing fog for his coronavirus testing today – so experts call it a & # 39; red herring & # 39; note that the answer has been hindered
Military personnel yesterday conducted a test on a key employee at a Glasgow station
Why did Matt Hancock set the goal of 100,000 tests and why is the government set to miss it?
Matt Hancock announced on April 2 that he wanted 100,000 daily coronavirus tests at & # 39; the end of & # 39; e month are carried out.
Today is the deadline to hit the target, but ministers have admitted they probably won't make it.
Why did the health secretary set the goal?
Critics have accused Mr Hancock of coming up with the number because of mounting public pressure over the UK's underwhelming under-testing. Those accusations surfaced after Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed that the government's scientific experts had not recommended the figure, but merely urged to raise figures. Mr Hancock previously said that one of & # 39; s goals was the & # 39; industry & # 39; to galvanize the public sector to meet the challenge and increase capacity. To that extent, he has now succeeded with capacity of over 70,000. But he still has to explain why he specifically chose 100,000.
Why is the government set not to drop the target?
The main reason seems to have been difficult to have access to the controls. In & # 39; severe crisis, the number of tests performed was about half of & # 39; e available capacity. There have been several horror stories of self-insulating NHS staff opposing four or five hours of travel to test drive a drive-through site only to be told to come back another day. Staff without their own transportation also have difficulty checking with home tests only to become readily available. Another reason seems to be that the government may have estimated the demand for health care for tests, because ministers have been moved a number of times to expand the suitability for controls so that more capacity is utilized. Meanwhile, when the target was announced, Hancock suggested that testing would be split between antigen and antibody, but the government is yet to find a working, mass-produced antibody test that will relieve ministers entirely of more laborious antigen testing.
Where are tests performed?
The government's test operation is divided into several pillars. One pillar concerns hospital testing – this applies to both patients and now to asymptomatic staff. Another is drive-through testing with 41 sites that are open across the country, at the & # 39; end of & # 39; rise to 48 per week. Then there are mobile testing facilities carried out by the army. There are 17 of those units that are currently operational, and increased to 70 by the end of this week. Then there is testing at home. When launched last week, there were only 5,000 home kits available per day, but it is hoped the weekend will increase to 25,000.
Why can't NHS staff just be tested in hospitals?
The government this week only extended the test report to asymptomatic NHS staff. Up to that point, workers in frontline had to have symptoms to control, but anyone with symptoms was told to isolate their home. That means they had to have drive-through pages.
How successful have the various test pillars actually been?
The latest official statistics showed that in the # 24 hours up to 9am yesterday, 43,563 tests were performed.
Some 16,440 were performed in NHS settings and by Public Health England. Some 25,289 were at forwarding locations. Total available capacity was 73,400.
What is the political reaction that Mr Hancock misses the target?
Some Tory MPs believe that Mr. Hancock & # 39; stupid & # 39; was to set such a high goal and that he should have been back weeks ago. One senior conservative figure said that the health secretary & # 39; extremely uncertain & # 39; was to bet so hard on the number and that he & # 39; the look & # 39; should bear for the failure. Number 10 residents said the problem with the goal was that it was & # 39; random & # 39; used to be. The government will be concerned that the failure of the target can damage the public's confidence in the coronavirus response.
A report said that the English health and care system & # 39; started from a bad position & # 39 ;, then & # 39; t Covid-19 tightened its grip on Europe, and consistently & # 39; fought & # 39; to develop a & # 39; clear, effective and well-communicated strategy & # 39; to demonstrate, with a lack of clarity on who would be tested, when, how and with what frequency.
Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers, said members are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of clarity about how the test regime for the next phase will be developed.
The government has insisted that lockdown measures cannot be granted unless its five criteria, including manageable infection rates and test capacity, are met.
Mr. Hopson said: & # 39; Testing is one area where & # 39; despite all the work done by trust and the NHS, the health and care system as a whole has struggled to develop an effective, coordinated approach.
& # 39; While we consider the route beyond lockdown, what confidence leaders now need is clarity on the testing regime from here.
& # 39; Setting a goal for some tests before April 30 can have a galvanizing effect. But what's most important is an updated strategy to take us through the lockdown exit. & # 39;
Test numbers became slow to around 10,000 a day when Mr Hancock set the target. Mr Buckland told BBC Breakfast today: & # 39; Even if it is not met, we are well on our way to clearing this up and 100,000 is a major milestone, but honestly we need more.
& # 39; Yes, 52,000 is not 100,000, I know that … but we fight every sentence to get there.
& # 39; If he hadn't set a goal, he would be criticized for being unambitious. I think now is the time to be bold here … courageous is something we must recognize, even if the goal is not met today. & # 39;
Professor John Newton, testing the government's supremo, said yesterday that he remained confident by the end of April to reach the 100,000 landmark.
But latest figures announced by Secretary of State Dominic Raab during the Downing Street press conference yesterday showed that the goal was somehow met.
Some 52,429 people were tested on Tuesday for Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, despite Mr Hancock not announcing a massive expansion of & # 39; e groups that are eligible for testing in a week.
The final figure for today will not be known until Saturday because of the time it takes to turn the figures around.
The report by & # 39; NHS providers described how & # 39; members & # 39; felt at the & # 39; end of a series of frequent tactical announcements & # 39 ;, with & # 39; no visibility on any long-term strategy & # 39 ;.
It said, & # 39; They are expected, at & # 39; e drop of a hat, incorporating these changes without prior notice or planning, despite the fact that many of the & # 39; changes have significant operational impact. & # 39;
The report added: & # 39; The recent public focus on whether 100,000 tests will be performed on April 30 is a red herring. & # 39;
NHS providers described the target as & # 39; random & # 39; and said it risked the development of a & # 39; just, next-stage testing strategy & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; It can test to & # 39; the fun of & # 39; testing. & # 39;
The report calls on the government to update its existing test plan – published for the perceived first glimpse of the virus – by addressing several issues, including how it aims to improve access to employee testing, how 39; it expects to prioritize who is swabbed, and how it plans to track and detect each new outbreak once a lockdown is lifted.
It said it would be appropriate for each subsequent public survey to determine why these problems had occurred and if the response was adequate.
A & # 39; spokesman for & # 39; e health said testing & # 39; absolutely critical & # 39; was and capacity at NHS and Laboratories in England's Public Health had more than doubled within weeks.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland acknowledged from & # 39; tomorrow that the goal & # 39; probably & # 39; would fail
He added: & # 39; Our goal when we tackle this virus is to make it easy, fast, and simple for any essential worker who doesn't need a test to get a test.
& # 39; In addition to setting up a national network of drive-in testing sites, we have introduced home test testing, deployed mobile testing units deployed by the Armed Forces, and built three new & # 39; mega labs & # 39; to analyze test samples. & # 39;
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