Latest policy news: Return to work needs to be more consistent, warns Sir Graham Brady

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Matt Hancock has been challenged about the fragility of testing availability across the country as he presents a new £ 500million package for ‘next generation’ testing, including one that can be returned in just 20 minutes.Asked why some people are forced to travel hundreds of miles to take a test, he told BBC Breakfast that home tests are also available and the focus is on outbreak areas.

But the new tests would be rolled out “on a drastically larger scale” to help tackle this problem which he says is inevitable due to the size of the operation.

Asked when the tests would be rolled out nationwide, he replied “in the weeks and months to come.”

He echoed this phrase in an interview with Sky News, adding, “The system is working fine. Of course, there are operational challenges from time to time, and we are finding an increasing proportion of people in the country who have coronavirus …

“We need to deploy more testing, as we have done throughout this crisis and today is another step in addressing issues with existing technology. “



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