Now the Ministry of Health and Welfare has released figures showing a gap between demand and reality.
A senior insider told Sky: “We have completely improved the system.
“We said: forget the conventions, we put [this data] outside. ”
The ministry denied deliberately disclosing misleading data, saying it is still trying to improve its statistics.
It is reported that after an audit, it was found that the government figures did not add up and that the new figures released by the Department reveal wide discrepancies.
On May 21, Sky reports, Secretary of Health Matt Hancock said the number of people tested had reached 2.06 million.
However, new data shows that only 1.6 million people were tested in England at that time, rising to 1.8 million when the numbers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been added.
The data suggests that the number of tests was overstated by 20,000 each week.
The government has been criticized for the slow pace in which it has increased the country’s testing capacity, as tens of thousands of cases of Covid-19 have gone undiagnosed.
In a letter to Mr. Hancock, Sir David Norgrove, the president of the UK Statistics Authority wrote last month that the government figures were “far from complete and understandable”.
In a statement, the Department said, “Throughout the pandemic, we have been completely transparent about the data we collect and publish, and we are always looking to improve our statistics – including on testing.
“We have worked with the National Statistics Office (ONS) and the Statistical Regulatory Office on our new approach to these publications and will continue to work closely with them as these figures are developed . “