Tens of thousands of coronavirus test results disappear in UK
London, May 13, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The results of tens of thousands of Covid-19 key worker testing kits have reportedly gone missing, it has emerged.
Data from essential workers’ home testing and drive-through kits have been ‘disappearing into a black hole,’ according to NHS sources, reported the HSJ. Without the information, local authorities and organisations do not know exactly how many people in their area have tested positive for the virus.
A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson has denied that tests have been lost and said there was a ‘technical error relating to postcode data, but this has now been fixed’.
The National Testing Programme (NTP), which is coordinated by the Department of Health and Social Care with the consultancy firm Deloitte, provides home tests to key workers or symptomatic members of their household.
But an internal email, sent from a regional Health Service Journal (HSJ) incident centre, is believed to have said that NTP results are ‘increasingly becoming unavailable’ and cannot be reported ‘until further notice’.
This means that reporting of test results is only being based on NHS lab tests but they make up less than half of total tests currently being carried out.
The news site quoted the internal email, sent at the weekend, as saying: ‘No new national testing programme data will be reported in this brief from 4 May until further notice. This is due to the NTP testing numbers increasingly becoming unavailable.