Responding to the Health Secretary’s press conference where he announced a move towards tests for all essential workers, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said: “NHS and social care workers are protecting us and putting themselves on the line every single day. They need us to protect them.
“The move towards tests for all essential workers is a welcome step, but the Government should have already started tracing weeks ago. Ministers must also face up to why the UK is still using less than half its coronavirus testing capacity.
“Our priority must be protecting the most vulnerable in our society. We can only do that with even larger numbers of people working on tracing, including using local tracing experts, and setting out plans to support people as they isolate.”