British contact tracing candidates incorrectly said hiring cut was interrupted in latest “faux pas” | Politics


Ministers were charged with “faux pas after faux pas” after candidates to become contact tracers for the NHS were informed that recruitment was suspended while the government was considering another application.

After difficulties in obtaining personal protective equipment and building up sufficient testing capacity, monitoring, tracing and isolation are the last major challenge for the government.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove stressed on Sunday that the tracking and tracing system would be ready to launch across the country by the end of the month, with “just over 17,000” tracers from contact already hired.

But emails seen by the Guardian, sent over the weekend by one of the private sector companies managing the Kent-based hiring process, HR Go, said the hiring had been suspended.


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