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Frustration at test and trace sees councils go it alone to contact potential coronavirus sufferers

The Department of Health and Social Care said it was working closely with local authorities and had “assigned a ring-fenced group of NHS contact tracers to follow up positive cases” in Blackburn with Darwen. Council workers are assigned to knock on doors in cases where such efforts fail. 

Officials in Greater Manchester are understood to be considering taking similar steps.

During its lockdown, Leicester introduced door-to-door testing because of anxiety that too few people were coming forward for tests.  

Sandwell Council, in the West Midlands, last week became the first local authority to set up its own system after its public health director, Lisa McNally, said the national system was failing.

She said the council was contacting cases as soon as they came in, rather than “waiting for test and trace to fail to reach them”.  

Under the NHS Test and Trace programme, call handlers aim to make contact with

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Frustration at test and trace sees councils go it alone to contact potential coronavirus sufferers

The Department of Health and Social Care said it was working closely with local authorities and had "assigned a ring-fenced group of NHS contact tracers to follow up positive cases" in Blackburn with Darwen. Council workers are assigned to knock on doors in cases...

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