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The TUC has warned that supply problems with lateral flow test (LFT) kits are putting working people at risk, and vital services in danger of being shut down, due to outbreaks that could be contained if tests are readily available.

The government has claimed that there is not a shortage of tests, but this morning the government website for ordering LFT kits states that there are currently none available.

The TUC is calling for workers who cannot work from home to have priority access to LFT kits until supply problems are resolved.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“With Omicron cases rising rapidly, it is even more important that people test regularly if they cannot work at home and are in contact with others.

“But supply problems with lateral flow tests are putting workers at risk. And it increases the danger of Omicron outbreaks in workplaces shutting down vital services.

“The government must give priority access to test kits for anyone who is required to work outside the home, to help protect workers and the community.”

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