Liberal Democrat Leaders on both the Hull and East Riding Council's have today written to the Chief Executives of both authorities to set up the region’s own localised Test and Trace system.
In their letter, Cllr Mike Ross and Cllr David Nolan ask the respective Chief Execs to work together to adopt this new Test and Trace local action model.
This call comes after both Calderdale and Bradford have become the first and second councils in Yorkshire to set up their own systems.
The Lib Dem Group Leaders go further to add that the Government have failed to implement a proper community system that keeps people safe.
Commenting Lib Dem Cllr Mike Ross said:
"It's clear that the Governments Test and Trace system has been an absolute shambles, we need now to take a more local approach.
"I'd like to hope that Hull City and East Riding Councils can work together on this occasion in the interest of our region."
Cllr David Nolan added:
"It is clear that this deadly virus shows no respect for our local boundaries so this is the perfect occasion to show that Hull and East Riding can work together."
Letter sent to Chief Executives:
Dear Matt Jukes Chief Executive & Caroline Lacey Chief Executive,
We are writing due to concerns around the Government’s Covid-19 Test and Trace system.
As you will be aware, the Government has pulled a lot of the financial support that underpinned the Test and Trace system and there has been a significant reduction in the number of Contact Tracers who make calls to Covid-19 positive cases.
Added to this has been various significant figures raising their concerns that the Test and Trace system has failed to make the number of contacts it needs to make for it to be an effective system at preventing the spread of Covid-19 – the Test and Trace system has failed in its current form.
Baroness Harding has carried out a new hybrid model of the Test and Trace system, which works much closer with Local Authorities - the trials had some very positive results in the Local Authorities involved.
The key aspect of this new local model and approach is that suitable Council staff have the powers to pay a visit to the homes of contacts that have tested positive for Covid-19 locally. This would target those people that the call centres were not able to contact.
We would like to see the same model adopted across Hull and the East Riding. Given that the two Councils’ Public Health services are in regular contact and have been working together to manage the spread of the Coronavirus, it would seem sensible for both Councils to work together to adopt this new Test and Trace local action model.
The Liberal Democrat groups in Hull and the East Riding would like to see this local Test and Trace model implemented here as soon as possible. It is clear the virus does not respect geographical boundaries, so let's work together to beat it here.
Cllr Mike Ross
Leader of Hull City Council Lib Dem Group
Cllr David Nolan
Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Lib Dem Group