West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has yet again blasted the officials responsible for Covid-19 testing following the latest blunder in setting up the Skelmersdale testing site.
The Skelmersdale walk-in testing site had initially been planned to open on 11 November, but the Government’s contractors Deloitte turned up with the wrong equipment delaying the availability of testing by a week!
Now MP Rosie is receiving reports from constituents who have searched the site location on Google and find they are being directed to a residential home – next to a local primary school away from the actual testing location.
When you arrive at this incorrect location, constituents find that there is no direct road to the correct site from here and they have to drive another mile round to it.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I would say I was shocked if it wasn’t becoming the norm for Deloitte’s NHS Test and Trace operation, they seem to somehow make a mess of everything in West Lancs.
“First they turn up to build the testing site only to find they didn’t bring the right equipment, now we are seeing constituents turning up at residents’ homes because the wrong street-view has been uploaded to Google – you just couldn’t make it up!
“I’ve brought this matter to the attention of the authorities, including Test and Trace Chief Baroness Dido Harding and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to outline yet again the failure of these Government private contractors.
“In the meantime, I have asked the local council and Deloitte to urgently arrange some redirection signage to ease the traffic congestion being caused around Sandy Lane and give the residents there some peace and quiet.
“We are told people are turning up for testing and knocking on local residents’ doors!
“Deloitte need to apologise for the inconvenience and angst caused to my constituents, rectify the matter urgently, show they actually care and make amends to my constituents.”