The NHS monitoring and monitoring system in the UK is cutting 6,000 employees by the end of August, the government announced.
The rest of the exposure monitoring devices will work with local public health groups to reach more infected people and their contacts in the community.
This entails the need for more data and information from local health heads.
This approach has been used in the Blackburn coronavirus hotspots with Darwen, Luton and Leicester.
And it is currently made available to all councils responsible for public health in their area.
NHS clinicians and people trained to become pandemic exposure trackers perform screening and tracing.
NHS staff advises people who test positive for coronavirus not to be fired.
However, national service will drop from 18,000 contact trackers to 12,000 with the remaining non-NHS call handlers redeployed as part of dedicated on-site monitoring and inspection groups. Phuong, Ministry of Health said.
This means that local areas will have “barrier squads” from the national monitoring and monitoring service.
Another 200 walking test centers will also open in October.
As part of the NHS Monitoring and Monitoring, public health teams dealing with outbreaks in care facilities or homes have consistently reached more than 90% of their list contact.
Outside of those very local outbreaks, it is the call centers that keep track of the relationships.
But they didn’t have access to many contacts – their success rate for reaching contacts who didn’t live together was just over 70% by mid-July, but has dropped since.
Back to old-style contact tracking?
In May, the Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, announced that an “army” of contact tracking devices will be recruited for the NHS Tracking and Inspection service.
From the outset, there have been reports that the new hires are fidgeting – one told the BBC that she took her time watching Netflix.
Thousands of people are currently failing in the UK with much of their work done by local employees with knowledge of their area. The Ministry of Health has said that this is to provide a “more tailored approach”.
But critics will see this as the latest example of government moving from a centralized approach to tackling outbreaks. In June, the government had to give up the idea of using a national app to identify potentially infected people – as it didn’t work.
Now, a top-down high-tech strategy for exposure monitoring is paving the way for what seasoned local public health officials describe as old-fashioned “leather and footwear epidemiology”.
This is based on people with local knowledge gathering information by walking from house to house.
Dido Harding, head of NHS Test and Trace, said: “We have always been clear that NHS Test and Trace by default should be local and we do not operate alone – we work with and through partners across the country.
“As we learn more about the spread of disease, we can move on to the planned next step and become more effective at tackling the virus.
“After successful testing in a handful of local areas, I am delighted to announce that we are now providing this integrated localization approach to all local governments to ensure them. I can reach more people in their community and stop the spread of Covid-19, “she said.