Local test and trace services

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Given the government’s shambolic test and trace system, are there any plans to bring this system under local authority/regional control to ensure improvements are made?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am working closely with partners to do all I can to ensure London has an effective test and trace service. Work with partners across London has developed rapidly to enhance the effectiveness of the national model.

The London Contact Tracing and Testing Co-ordination Group has produced a London Testing Strategy. It sets out a shared vision, priorities and areas of focus for improvement, working within the national framework, to maximise the co-ordination across partners. This includes the vital role of London boroughs to put in place local outbreak control plans, and the work I am supporting to deliver the “Keep London Safe” campaign.

PHE London has been able to support boroughs to take on locally led contact tracing to reach people who don’t respond to the national NHS Test and Trace service. A small number of boroughs are already operational, and more boroughs will be setting up local delivery in the coming weeks.