Coun­cil­lor calls lat­est Covid-19 fig­ures an ‘NHS cock up’

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JESSWARREN jwar­ren@wok­ing­ham­pa­

THE LAT­EST coro­n­avirus test­ing data has been skewed by a data dump.

Last week, we re­ported that there were 131 pos­i­tive cases in the Wok­ing­ham bor­ough since Fri­day, June 12.

Na­tional me­dia sug­gested Wok­ing­ham has the sec­ond high­est rise in cases, us­ing a percentage in­crease cal­cu­la­tion.

This data was taken from Pub­lic Health Eng­land and has now been re­vealed as wrong by Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Cllr Charles Mar­getts, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for health, well­be­ing and adult ser­vices at the coun­cil, told Wok­ing­ham. To­day: “In the last two weeks, there have only been six pos­i­tive tests for coro­n­avirus in the bor­ough.

“This is bro­ken down into Pil­lar One test­ing, run by the NHS and Pub­lic Health Eng­land at hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, and Pil­lar Two, com­mer­cial test­ing run by Deloitte.

“In the last two weeks there have been no pos­i­tive tests from Pil­lar One, and only six pos­i­tive tests for Pil­lar Two.

“There have also been no pos­i­tive tests or deaths in care homes across the bor­ough dur­ing the last two weeks.”

Cllr Mar­getts said he is an­noyed that the lo­cal data has been twisted.

He added: “Since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic, there have been 458 pos­i­tive tests for coro­n­avirus in the bor­ough through Pil­lar One test­ing.

“And there have been 126 pos­i­tive tests for coro­n­avirus in the bor­ough through Pil­lar Two test­ing.”

This means that 578 of the pos­i­tive cases for coro­n­avirus in the bor­ough were recorded ear­lier than two weeks ago.

Wok­ing­ham. To­day un­der­stands that the data — recorded since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic — was re­ported to Pub­lic Health Eng­land by Deloitte, and some­where along

the line, it was not up­loaded in a timely man­ner.

This means the data has been twisted by up­load­ing all of the in­for­ma­tion in one go.

Cllr Mar­getts added: “This is a Pub­lic Health Eng­land and NHS cock up.

“I am very an­noyed and deeply dis­ap­pointed that Pub­lic Health Eng­land has not pro­vided this in­for­ma­tion sooner.

“I’m call­ing on them for ac­cu­rate and re­li­able in­for­ma­tion.

“It is un­rea­son­able for coun­cils to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity for track and trace if they are not given the cor­rect and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about what tests are be­ing done, and when.

“We held a coun­cil meet­ing with the MPs across the bor­ough, ask­ing them to call on the Gov­ern­ment for ac­cu­rate data as early as pos­si­ble.”

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