Health Secretary to examine "glitch" that directed hundreds to Telford test site

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has vowed to examine what "glitch" caused hundreds of people to be directed to Telford test site on Tuesday evening (September 8).

Hundreds of cars queued up outside Telford coronavirus test centre after a booking system error directed people from all over the country to the Shropshire site.

The online booking system told people from Cornwall, London and elsewhere that their closest Covid-19 test centre was in Telford, Shropshire.

As a result, roads leading up to the site were blocked and coronavirus testing kits ran out.

Tests quickly ran out, roads were blocked, people who had travelled from as far away as Cornwall, Stockport and London were turned away, and my constituents were no longer able to access tests in the area - and they in turn were sent elsewhere.

Lucy Allan, MP for Telford

Shropshire Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, asked Matt Hancock if he agreed "that people should not be criss-crossing the country and travelling for many hours to secure a test?"

To which he replied: "Yes, I absolutely do. I agree with (Ms Allan) and her description of the situation, which is we have built this system at great pace."

He added: "The broad problem is something we are absolutely looking at and I will go and take away the particular example and find out exactly what glitch caused it."

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