Thank you for your correspondence regarding testing for the coronavirus. I believe that testing should be as widespread as is feasible.
The Prime Minister and Health Secretary promised industry leaders that they would be given whatever support they need to help government increase testing capabilities across the country. The increased capacity is expected to be ready within four weeks, with highest-priority cases being tested first.
Working with universities, research institutes and businesses, we will start rolling out staff testing across the NHS from next week, with plans for a full roll-out for health, social care and other frontline workers. The new service will be free and help to end the uncertainty of whether NHS staff need to stay at home.
Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.
EDWARD LEIGH MP