But leaked documents and interviews with the series of Physicians, laboratory directors and other experts showed that accelerating the increase in the number of tests per day has put great pressure on public laboratories and exposing other problems that curb efforts to continue to expand current testing capacities.
The documents show that one day before the government-issued 30/4 deadline, some UK hospitals are given deadlines in 48 now to rapidly enhance tests for thousands of health workers and patients, even if they are asymptomatic.
At the same time, public laboratories across the country have to race against the times, regardless of the supply of chemical reagents, to carry out a series of tests after the promised government complements the resources. Two weeks later, a number of laboratories have yet to receive the necessary additional materials, forcing them to reduce the number of new tests.
“The obvious reason is only to achieve the goal of 100,000 one-day tests,” said Tom Gardiner, physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, who ever received a call asking for speed of the test, for hay. “It was two days before the deadline, but the last two days and we haven’t heard of it before or even since.”
He has recorded many deaths by the most European Covid-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government have faced many criticisms because the reaction is usually not consistent before the epidemic, especially about examination.
The government has booted a series of slow tests. They initially made an unwise decision that only proceeded to process tests in a central laboratory. Then they continue to make mistakes when purchasing millions of unproven test kits efficiently from China because the production capacity of the domestic kit is not enough to meet.
Even the country’s statistical regulatory body also criticizes the objective of the number of tests a government offers, calling on the government to announce “more reliable” data.
Hancock’s minister set the goal of 100,000 tests a day from the beginning of the previous month to deflect rapidly increasing pressures. Prime Minister Johnson now promises to increase the test capacity to 200,000 CA a day Although the entire system is still not fully recovered after the full slope of the first target.
After two weeks from 30/4, the number of tests per day that the government announced has dropped sharply compared to the 100,000 landmark. A big problem is that the production of the reagents in Britain is much inferior to the United States, Germany, or China, while the global demand is causing the supply to become scarce.
“Since the 100,000 milestone was broken, seemingly the amount of reagents that the laboratories received from the government are declining,” said Allan Wilson, leader of the Biomedical Sciences Institute representing the public laboratory staff, said. “All is just oral, they don’t guarantee the supply chain”.
According to Wilson, the government needs to develop a coherent test strategy instead of just setting up ambitious targets that can react when the national supply chain is lacking not only reagents but even sampling rods.
“When we lack test kit and regular supply, the Government should focus on those who need the most rather than take care of the target break,” said Bill Esterson, British party legislature, commentator.
A spokesman from the Ministry of Health and Social Care UK stressed all laboratories have adequate supply of reagents and that they are working “tirelessly”.
“The scale as well as speed increases our testing capacity and implementation of our series is unprecedented and a true success”, the spokesman said.
On 28/4, two days before the deadline, only 52,429 tests were made, by 1/2 targets.
Evening the same day, NHS Trust Royal University, a network consisting of 5 major hospitals in north and West London, received an email calling them to test for at least 1,500 employees in the next 48 hours, including people without symptoms.
This is a much larger number than the number that the government has asked the hospitals to do. The hospital quickly responded, testing for more than 2,000 people in the next day, according to internal emails. The next day, the government reached its target.
But the problem immediately arose at hospital laboratories across the country. Chemical reagents that the government promises will additionally not be delivered in their weekly allocation. Some places get lower amounts of materials than they require, others don’t even get nothing.
A lab director for or they were originally asked to make 800 tests in 48 hours but then the figure rocketed to 2,600. To do this, laboratories must use their reagents instead of reserve for the next weeks.
After a week, the government granted the director’s lab a 15% fewer test kit than necessary.
Last week, his Independent news of a leaked email from the Southwest Pathology Research Center said one of their London hospitals was forced to restrict testing to staff and symptomatic patients due to lack of chemical reagents. The information is given on the same date the Prime Minister Johnson declared the goal 200,000 a day’s tests.
Wilson, President of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, said he had heard much information about the reagent shortage “across the country” since the government surpassed 100,000 goals. Last week, a laboratory in Midlands received only 1/5 of the drug’s reagents desired from the government.
Further north, an 11/5 laboratory network held emergency meetings because they did not receive adequate intake of reagents to conduct tests as required by the government. A lab director for her or her facility received only 300 kit, compared to the previous 1,200.
A text leak indicating that the National Health Service Laboratories (NHS) only operated with 75% of the capacity for three days of the last week, while the central laboratories operated by the British Public Health agency only operate at 65% of the capacity.
The greatest fear of the medical staff he is the drain test to meet the goal the Government will lead to lack of supply of medical supplies, from which people who infect the virus with severe symptoms and the most vulnerable people will not be tested when necessary.
“This is a dangerous scenario,” Dr. Gardiner said. “We have achieved the goal and made the public the belief that we do very well the test, but the reality is not so.”
Vu Hoang (According to NYTimes)