Hundreds of private consultants are earning up to £1,200 a day from the NHS Test and Trace programme for advising on areas including “diversity and inclusion”, “human-centred” software, and media strategy, according to a leak of internal documents, reports the Sunday Times.
The government’s Covid-19 testing and surveillance programme is one of the most expensive public projects in history after being earmarked £37 billion over two years in the last budget.
The Government has faced unrelenting criticism about its costs and failures after scientists on the Sage advisory committee said it had ‘minimal impact on transmission.’
Last October is was reported private sector consultants are reportedly being paid day rates of around £7,000 by the Government to help with its coronavirus test and trace system.
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was paid about £10 million for around 40 consultants to provide four months’ work between the end of April and late August, according to Sky News.
Mask wearing and social distancing to end
Enforced mask wearing will end and social distancing will no longer be required as part of “freedom day” unlocking on July 19, reports have suggested.
Boris Johnson is understood to be preparing to update the nation this week on his plans for easing coronavirus restrictions in England, with multiple newspapers suggesting the Prime Minister believes a host of domestic measures can end on his “terminus date”.
Separately, the newly appointed Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there were “compelling” health reasons to ease lockdown measures.
According to The Sunday Times, mask wearing will become voluntary in all settings and the one metre-plus rule in hospitality venues will end, meaning a return to drinking at the bar without the requirement for table service.
Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed under the proposals for the final stage of the road map out of lockdown, the paper said.
The £37bn test and trace programme – the most expensive public project in history – is paying advisers £1200 a day https://t.co/qvsiA44Lk3— Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney) July 4, 2021
As we approach the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the #NHS, we need to think about what kind of health service we want— Stuart Richards (@GMBStuart) July 4, 2021
Is it one where money is spent on front line resources and rewarding staff properly?
Or is it this one ??https://t.co/PIf3xoCpQ2
the party of economic competence strikes again.https://t.co/g4LYSMtYJp— hammy. (@iamhamesh) July 4, 2021
Looks a shocking waste of taxpayers money.— MRBIGSH0T (@MRBIGSH0T) July 4, 2021
So no change there, then…https://t.co/W3JRsm7P0g— Mister Neutron says… (@iansco) July 4, 2021
So for each of those they get rid of, they could keep the £20 UC uplift for 420 families.— Durham Money Advice (@Durhammoney) July 4, 2021
I can “ work an Excell Spreadsheet” Can I get a job as an advisor please?— Brian Coyle ??????#FBPE (@brian_coyle) July 4, 2021
However they can’t give Nurse’s and Health Care workers a decent pay rise..— Ange (@Ange36296268) July 4, 2021