Hospitals outraged by privately run Covid-19 testing centre

Deloitte London runs tests in Chessington

Hospitals have raised concern over a coronavirus testing centre being privately run by Deloitte, and seek to take over operations. The decision was made after the loss of staff test results, according to The Guardian. The tests were unable to go through diagnosis due to the sending of results to the wrong recipients.

Deloitte is among the big 4 accounting firms (Ernst & Young, KPMG, PWC are others), and they denied running the test centres but they support the Department of Health.

The flagship testing centre, based at Chessington World of Adventures, was one of the first regional facilities to be used. It is considered by Matt Hancock, as the key to delivering on the government promise of 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

As of today we have only ever tested more than 15,000 people twice, and up to April 21st around 397,670.

Statista: Covid-19 testing numbers

Deloitte was hired to help ‘scale up’ testing and work alongside other firms like Boots. With thanks to a competition clause in a legislation that was initiated in 2015.

A spokesman from the Department for Health said they were “implementing further porcesses within the department to ensure rapid investigation of outstanding test results that are not provided to those tested within 48 hours”.

As of late, the Chessington centre’s issue of missing results have yet to be resolved.

The public were quick to express their opinion on social media:

Deloitte caught running a coronavirus testing centre
Screen grab of twitter thread from John Spiers

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