LibDems call for local Test & Trace responsibility

Liberal Democrats call for West Sussex County Council to take over full responsibility for Test and Trace

The Liberal Democrat group at West Sussex County Council have written to Tony Hill, Director of Public Health at West Sussex, asking to take over complete responsibility for test and trace.

Liberal Democrats are asking West Sussex to follow Norfolk County Council who are taking over test and trace completely, after successfully bidding to be in a pilot called the Local-0 scheme.

In the Local-0 scheme cases are evidently passed without delay to local tracers at the same time as an individual who tested positive for coronavirus is invited to complete the online contact information.

Dr. Kate O’ Kelly: “Liberal Democrats understand that the current approach passes cases from the national NHS Test & Trace taskforce onto local tracers only after the national team has been unable to make contact over a period of 24 hours. But as we know, any delay can be critical.

If we were included in the Local-0 pilot scheme it would clearly massively enhance our ability to trace potential contacts of positive cases successfully, but also more quickly than previously.

Surely now that the number of cases has come right down is the right time to switch to a totally local and therefore more trusted scheme
If we can do this well locally we can save lives”.

In their letter, Liberal Democrats have asked whether West Sussex has already asked to join this scheme and encouraged the Director of Public Health to consider what sounds like a fast and effective way of controlling and containing cases within the local area.

The Lib Dem Group at WSCC
Dr Kate O’Kelly, Dr James Walsh

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