Responding to the launch of the NHS Test and Trace service, Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“We welcome the clarity that has now been given on the test, track and trace strategy. We should not be in any doubt how crucial getting this right will be, and we are extremely glad to see the involvement of local leaders and experts, which we called for in our letter on 20 May.
“Much has been made of the importance of the app, but while its rollout is still some weeks off, this will not be the make-or-break element. Local involvement is really the key, and we are hopeful this will reduce the risk of a second wave of infections, thus saving lives and protecting the NHS.
“It is now absolutely critical that any problems are identified and ironed out as quickly as possible so that all parts of the programme can be delivered, and that the government follows through on its promises of testing expansion. We would also call for more detail on how the impact of the 14-day self-isolation requirement can be mitigated in the health and care workforce.”