Bedford & Kempston MP challenges the Prime Minister on reduction of local Test and Trace

Mohammad Yasin
The PM responding to Mohammad Yasin's question

The reduction in test and trace services in Bedford was raised in the House of Commons today, when Mohammad Yasin MP questioned the Prime Minister on the matter.

Despite infection rates rising in the area, last week the coronavirus testing capacity at Bedford Borough Hall was reduced from seven to four days a week.

Read: Bedford Covid-19 test site reduced from seven to four days a week despite rise in cases

Mr Yasin put a “simple” question to the Prime Minister today, asking him to explain the reduction.

Commenting on the PM’s response, Mr Yasin said, “I asked the Prime Minister to explain why he keeps boasting that testing capacity is going up when in Bedford its actually going down.

“Boris Johnson didn’t have an answer and resorted to his customary waffling about how testing capacity is increasing despite the whole point of my question being to challenge him on why it was decreasing – especially when infection rates are going up.

“The Test and Trace System is still not up to speed and beset with problems – all because the Government is determined to bypass local test and trace teams to award contract after contract to the private sector – which is not working.

“The latest national data for Test and Trace shows it’s taking longer for people to get their test results if they’ve ordered home tests and the service is still not reaching far too many contacts of those who test positive in non-complex cases.

“This is a word away from the world-beating service we were promised.”

In his response to Mr Yasin’s question, Boris Johnson said, “I’d be happy to write to him about the test centre that he mentions.

“But as I told the Right Honorable Gentleman opposite, we are increasing test and trace capacity…and this country continues to test more people than any other country.”

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