Covid testing: local authorities in England demand more control

Health directors criticise central system, which has left people travelling hundreds of miles

Local public health leaders in England are demanding greater control over the Covid-19 testing system after circulating a list of complaints about the way it is running and accusing ministers of giving mixed messages about tests’ availability.

The complaints, seen by the Guardian, have been prompted by fears that a capacity shortage is hindering attempts to quell local outbreaks.

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