The bosses fear that the office workers will be working from home again within weeks, as the test fiasco is "deeply frustrating". Supermarkets make “contingency plans” because the employees cannot be wiped off
- The government has come under fire after widespread reports that people have to travel hundreds of kilometers to be screened
- This is despite a government promise that testing capacity will reach 500,000 per day by the end of October
- The testing and tracking system has collapsed under pressure since the kids returned to school
The bosses fear that the office staff will be working from home again within a few weeks due to the current test fiasco – as supermarkets create contingency plans if the employees cannot be wiped off.
The government has come under fire after widespread reports that people have to travel hundreds of kilometers to be screened and cannot book a test at all.
This is despite the ministers' pledge that testing capacity will reach 500,000 a day by the end of October.
The testing and tracking system has collapsed under pressure since the kids returned to school and the government has made a concerted effort to encourage people back into the office to try to boost the ailing UK economy.
Company executives have raised concerns about the current testing system and stressed that it is working effectively to get employees back to work and to stimulate the UK economy.
Matt Fell CBI, the UK's chief policy director, said that if the government wants to encourage people to get to work safely, the testing and tracing system will be a "key component".
Visitors showed a cell phone screen to an employee while driving around the test center in south London today
"Reports of people in their area not having access to tests or waiting too long for results will be deeply frustrating for both individuals and businesses," he added.
“Nobody doubts how much effort is put into getting it right. Prize has a faster turnaround to get results that let people know where they stand and whether they need to self-isolate or get back to work quickly. & # 39;
Adam Marshall, director general of the UK Chambers of Commerce, told the Financial Times the government needed to upgrade the testing facility "immediately".
"A really comprehensive testing and tracing program is essential if the UK is to manage the virus without further bans, which will cripple businesses."
"Persistent delays and a lack of testing hurt business, employee and consumer confidence at a fragile moment for business."
Business executives are increasingly concerned about employees self-isolating at home and family members waiting for test results to return rather than being back in the office at a crucial moment for the UK economy.
Some test sites in Covid had long queues, like Southend-on-Sea, but others were abandoned even though people had difficulty getting examined
Some supermarkets and food retailers already have contingency plans in place if the test system fails.
Brakes, a food wholesaler that operated during the pandemic, said: "We have very strict contingency plans that include temperature checks before they are allowed on-site.
"Only key people on the spot and strict guidelines once they are there, which means we have had very few people who have shown COVID-like symptoms so far."
The cooperative group said funeral directors are on the list of key workers to get priority testing, but their food workers are not.
A spokesperson said: “We have created a model in which we know that we can access variable resources from colleagues at relatively short notice.
“Of course we all hope that the testability will continue to improve and improve, but we have some protection as the cooperative has had to deal with it continuously.
"It is clearly a real challenge and anything that can be done to improve the [test] situation [is welcome]."