Testing times


This latest report from UK think tank Adam Smith Institute looks at Covid-19 testing.

Testing Times makes the case for decentralising COVID-19 diagnostic testing in the United Kingdom. Testing is a key tool to combat infectious diseases. It allows doctors to identify the needs of patients, public health authorities to trace and isolate cases to minimise spread, and epidemiologists to track the spread of an outbreak. It is also essential for healthcare workers to return to the frontline. The early decision to centralise testing to a single Public Health England (PHE) laboratory has hampered the ability to increase testing in the UK. Testing has now been expanded to 12 labs operated by PHE as well as a limited number of NHS laboratories. The private sector has shown an extensive willingness to support the Government’s efforts to tackle COVID-19, including the rapid design and manufacture of ventilators and agreeing to transfer beds and staff in independent hospitals to the NHS. It’s time for the UK Government to allow private labs, universities and charities to begin testing immediately.

Read Full Report

Explore our reports

  • Reset
Advanced search

Related Events

Tue

7

June

In conversation with Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government, will feature Wes Streeting MP  in conversation with Bronwen…

More Info

Tue

24

May

How well did government evidence for Covid-19 policies serve society?

This event, hosted by UK think tank IfG, launches What Counts? A scoping inquiry into how well the government’s evidence…

More Info

Thu

9

June

What’s next for London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Centre for London, will discuss what's next for London's Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.…

More Info