NHS Test and Trace pays 2,300 business consultants an average of £ 163,000 per person – more than Boris Johnson's £ 150,000 salary
- Test and Trace Consultants are paid an average salary of £ 163,000 each
- The government-funded service currently employs 2,300 business consultants
- The figures reflect the number of consultants working in early November
Test and trace consultants who work for the NHS are paid an average salary higher than the Prime Minister's to support the government's coronavirus prevention program.
The government-funded service currently employs 2,300 business consultants who earn an average of £ 163,000 – which is more than Boris Johnson's salary of around £ 150,000.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs figures also show that £ 375 million has been spent on private counseling services to date.
Boris Johnson announced today that as part of its ambitious plans to end the lockdown, the NHS can provide 200,000 bumps a day by next Friday.
Test and trace consultants receive an average salary of £ 163,000 per consultant – which is higher than Boris Johnson's salary of around £ 150,000. (Picture from a picture agency)
Health Secretary Helen Whately released the numbers reflecting the number of counselors working in early November last year in response to a question from Labor MP Andy Slaughter.
Slaughter later told The Times, “These are a staggering sums of public money given to advisors without any examination or explanation of their selection.
"When we enter the worst of the pandemic, these need to be disclosed if mistakes have been made."
Ms. Whately also stated that consultants were being hired from 73 different suppliers.
In November it was revealed that the creaky British test and trace system still failed to reach at least four out of ten contacts of those who tested positive for Covid-19.
Figures show that in cases managed by private companies, Serco and Sitel, either online via email or over the phone, only 58.9 percent of close contacts were reached.
Boris Johnson announced today that the NHS can deliver 200,000 bumps a day through next Friday as part of ambitious plans to end the lockdown.
It came after a BBC investigation claimed it could actually be as low as 50 percent for callers due to IT issues and delays in getting contact information.
Downing Street defended the "colossal" successes of Test and Trace, but recognized improvements.
A spokesman # 10 said at the time: "We are testing more people per capita than any other European country and that will grow thanks to our increased testing capacity."
Boris Johnson announced today that he would turn on the army to step up the UK's coronavirus vaccination campaign, claiming the NHS could give 200,000 shocks a day by next Friday as part of ambitious plans to end the lockdown.
With the introduction of vaccines as the only light at the end of the tunnel, the Prime Minister assured the public that enough doses would be available to immunize all of the highest priority groups by mid-February.
He also promised to offer a sting to every resident of a nursing home by the end of January and announced a new national online booking system designed to speed the process.
Mr Johnson's mammoth jab pledge – which critics fear he can't deliver because it's too ambitious – came after Britain recorded 1,162 Covid deaths on the pandemic's second worst day.
Health Department data shows that only April 21 had a worse death toll than today, when 1,224 victims were reported.
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