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NHS testing system ‘did not plan’ for university Covid spike

Watchdog claims government coronavirus testing programme was not prepared for university demand

The government’s NHS Test and Trace Service was not well prepared to cope with a spike in demand when universities and schools restarted in September, a report has found.

The National Audit Office watchdog said the government’s NHS Test and Trace Service (NHST&T) “did not plan for a sharp rise in testing demand in early autumn when schools and universities reopened”, in an interim report on the service published 11 December.

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