Monday 10 August 2020 / 5:32 PM Coronavirus / Justin Madders

Labour has been calling for a locally-led contact tracing system for months – Justin Madders

Justin Madders, Shadow Health Minister, commenting on plans to give local authorities greater support with contact tracing, said:

“Labour has been calling for a locally-led contact tracing system for months – it’s welcome that local authorities are now finally being given additional support to tackle the virus in their areas.

“But it’s clear Boris Johnson’s £10 billion centralised contact tracing system is nowhere near ‘world beating’ as he claims and the system is unable to fight local outbreaks successfully.

“A truly effective system would provide all local areas with detailed data sets, ensure people have support to self-isolate if needed, and give local health officials the help and resources they need to lead contact tracing. Ministers must get on – and implement this without delay – it is vital that we get contact tracing working properly.”