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CAMPAIGNERS will protest outside the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) tomorrow morning to demand that failing contractor Serco is sacked from its Covid-19 test-and-trace contract.
Dressed in giant beer costumes and proclaiming that Serco “couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery” they will demand that local public-health protection teams are put in charge of the crucial system.
The protest, scheduled to start at 10am, echoes the rising public distrust in the ability of profit-hungry privateers to deliver the efficient test-and-trace system needed to bring down infection rates.
Pascale Robinson, of organisers We Own It, said: “This week, Boris Johnson has introduced tighter restrictions in an attempt to get a handle on the recent spike in Covid cases.
“But sadly, his response is falling well short of what’s needed to get out of this crisis safely.”
Mr Robison said that in order to get out of lockdown, save lives and hug our loved ones, “we desperately need a test, track and trace system that works.
“Unfortunately, what we have instead is an unmitigated disaster, with large parts run by Serco, a company synonymous with bungling and never-ending failure.
“The truth is that Serco couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. It’s time for [the company] to be kicked out of the track-and-trace system.”
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