A new coronavirus testing centre is needed for Lichfield and Burntwood, the area’s MP has said.

Michael Fabricant. Picture: UK Parliament

Michael Fabricant said he had been reassured by Staffordshire County Council that a suitable location was being sourced.

It comes as the area prepares to move into Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions following a spike in cases across the county.

The Conservative MP said:

“The nearest site to Lichfield is currently in Tamworth, but with Staffordshire shortly to be raised to Tier 2 COVID-19 infection status, it is vital that we have a more local testing centre.

“Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire’s director of health and care, tells me that they will look for a suitable site in Lichfield though they haven’t found one yet.

“When one is opened, it will be a walk-in facility operating 8am to 8pm daily.”

Michael Fabricant MP

“The public are losing trust in the Test and Trace programme”

Mr Fabricant added that it was important people used testing centres after “disturbing” reports of low take-up.

John Henderson, chief executive of Staffordshire County Council, said:

“We’re seeing an interesting, but concerning, trend in terms of uptake on testing. 

“It appears that the public are losing trust in the national Test and Trace programme, which manifests itself in low levels of participation – figures of as low as 35% at individual testing stations were quoted in this morning’s West Midlands Covid briefing.

“Where we have put focussed efforts into communities around testing and compliance with countermeasures, such as we have seen in Burton, we are rewarded with levels of around 75%, and reduced infection levels. 

“This process is very labour-intensive and we would be unable to replicate it in its current form across the county – the task in the weeks and months ahead is to achieve the ‘good enough’ solution that might involve the voluntary sector and community groups.”

John Henderson, Staffordshire County Council

Mr Fabricant added:

“As Staffordshire enters Tier 2, it is absolutely vital that we make good use of the test facilities that are available. 

“Funding is provided by the Government for those who will be financially hit, if they have to isolate.

“Unless we use these facilities, it will be difficult for districts within the county to control the virus and drop back to Tier 1. 

“So I urge everyone to use them if they start to experience COVID-19 symptoms including a new cough, high temperature, or lack of taste or smell.

“If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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4 Comments

  1. Our MP: “Blah, blah, blah, blah…”
    Staffs Council bloke: “It appears that the public are losing trust in the national Test and Trace programme…”

    We never had it mate. No trust whatsoever in this Government to do the right thing, ever! By its own actions, decisions, arrogance, corruption and lies, the Government and its inane mouthpieces like our own MP have destroyed any confidence, faith, trust or hope that it can steer us through this pandemic.
    The only world-leading feature of this Government is its ability at times to make us a bigger global laughing stock than the Trump administration.

    To our MP I will simply say: “I will now only listen to what you have to say through the proper channels which are freely available on my blah blah blah blah blah blah blah utterly pointless blah blah blah blah blah.”

  2. NHS test and trace app is not fit for purpose. To start only around 15% of the population have. Secondly you enter any test result you have yourself,the choice is yours. Finally you can switch off the track and trace part of the app so that all it becomes is a faster way of entering a pub etc

  3. Tory MP has no trust in a £12 BILLION app that his own party signed off.

    But don’t worry, he won’t risk his position by voting against things or having enough morale value to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN PARLIAMENT. He’ll just blow smoke at the electorate via social media and his website, then do the exact opposite when he does his next trip to London.

    Same poo, different day Mr Fabricant. We’ve heard it alllll before.

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