West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been informed that a planned Covid-19 testing site for Skelmersdale will now be delayed due to a mistake made by Government contractor Deloitte.
A Minister from the Department of Health and Social Care had written to Rosie personally to inform her of the imminent opening of this site, which was to be located at the Westgate Car Park in Skelmersdale. Although the site was supposed to begin administering tests on 11 November, a failure by Deloitte to bring the correct equipment has now prevented this testing site from opening.
MP Rosie said:
“This is absolutely appalling! Deloitte, NHS Test and Trace and the Government should be ashamed to have let my constituents down yet again.
“I have repeatedly voiced mine and the residents of West Lancashire’s concerns about the lack of local testing facilities in the area. The apathy with which the Government and its contractors have treated my constituents is unforgivable.
“The fact that it has taken this long to get a permanent testing centre in Skelmersdale is simply disgraceful. Skelmersdale residents are critically ill and dying and yet Deloitte and NHS Test and Trace don’t seem to take this seriously enough to do their job properly.
“Many Skelmersdale residents are unable to travel without the use of public transport and so would find it very difficult to visit testing sites in the surrounding area. This site is essential to their health and that of the people they may come in contact with.
“This incompetence must stop, it could cost lives. It is essential that Deloitte resolves this mistake immediately and without further delay. In the meantime, I would urge any residents that need a test and can travel safely, to visit the site at Edge Hill University or the Mobile Testing Unit due to be located at West Lancs College over the weekend.”