UK coronavirus live: launch test and trace or risk second wave, NHS leaders warn

Posted by on May 21, 2020 3:36 am
Categories: Global Stories

Government told it is running out of time to kick off testing system

8.33am BST

Another issue weighing on the government this morning is that of the NHS surcharge – the fees some overseas health workers are charged to use the NHS.

A senior Tory MP, William Wragg, has backed Labour’s calls for the charge to be scrapped, saying that “now is the time for a generosity of spirit towards those who have done so much good”.

We continue to keep this under review but the principle of the NHS surcharge, the support that it provides financially to the NHS and indeed that sense of contribution to the NHS, I think is important.

7.55am BST

My esteemed colleague Sarah Boseley has written a very good explainer on the government’s test, track and trace strategy, which is dominating the headlines this morning.

But in brief, the strategy aims to:

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