As the UK’s Lighthouse testing system lets everyone down again, onetime socialist, Richard Leonard, weighs in to protect it against criticism from the SNP Government:
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard says “any squabbling about whose fault it is and whose fault it isn’t is just unhelpful”, calling for testing to be given a greater priority.
As with the scandal of deaths in corporate care homes, Leonard sides with the owners in a sickening attempt to lay the blame at the SNP Government’s door. On that occasion, a trade union, the GMB of course, joined with him.
This time he’s on his own and exposed for what he is.
Unite has exposed the Lighthouse system:
Only three days ago, missed by Leonard’s advisers perhaps:
As a robust and efficient Covid-19 test and trace system struggles to get off the ground in the UK, biomedical scientists – experts in laboratory testing – have condemned the overuse of the private sector, which they say has contributed to the present testing shambles.
It is understood that there is currently an astonishing 185,000 Covid-19 test backlog, which has forced the privatised labs overseeing the UK’s community testing to send samples to other countries such as Germany and Italy for processing.
This network of privatised labs, known as Lighthouse Labs, was established in April as part of a partnership project run by accountancy firm Deloitte. Several private companies are partnered with Lighthouse Labs, including pharmaceutical firms GSK and AstraZeneca, online retail giant Amazon, as well as Boots and Royal Mail.