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21 May 2020

Coronavirus: Time running out on track and trace, NHS leaders warn

Coronavirus: Time running out on track and trace, NHS leaders warn
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Time is running out to finalise a track and trace strategy that would avoid a potential second surge in coronavirus cases, NHS leaders have said.

The NHS Confederation warned of "severe" consequences to staff and patients if the right system was not established rapidly.

It said lockdown measures should not be eased until a clear plan was in place.

It follows the PM's pledge on Wednesday to introduce a "world-beating" contact tracing system in England from June.

Contact tracing identifies those who may have come into contact with an infected person so they can avoid potentially passing the disease on.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the confederation, which represents health and care leaders, welcomed Boris Johnson's commitment, made at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

But in a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Mr Dickson said without a clear strategy the UK was at greater risk of a second peak of the virus.

"We are 10 weeks into the pandemic and developing a strategy with a well worked through local base should have been in place much sooner," he said.

"If we do not rapidly instigate the right system, involving the right people, then the ramifications for the NHS, including its staff and its patients, could be severe."

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