Lib Dems blame £225 tests in Hull on Government: "profit ahead of public health”

Hull Lib Dem Councillor, and spokesperson for Public Health, Linda Chambers has slammed the Government’s testing failures that have led to some residents paying £225 for a Coronavirus test.   

The private testing boom in the city has come as a result of the Government’s failure to roll out an effective test and trace system, not just in the city but across the country. 

The news comes after the Hull Lib Dems recently renewed calls for both Hull and East Riding Councils to implement a localised test and trace system. 

Lib Dem Councillor for Drypool Linda Chambers, Shadow Portfolio Holder for Health commented:

"The Government has pushed the residents of Hull to the extreme by making public health for purchase. Testing should be free, ready and accessible for all. 

"Residents in the city are having to pay over £200 just to get tested, this is a fundamental failure of Government, it should have never come to this. 

"We're calling on the Council to urgently roll out their own localised test and trace system, and on the Government to stop a system that is leading to profit ahead of public health.

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