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Correspondence: Science and Technology Committee Chair with Public Health England

1 May 2020

On 30 March, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee wrote to Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, Professor Sharon Peacock, requesting publication of the rationale upon which the UK's testing strategy was based.

PHE's response, sent today, commits to further research, but does not deliver the information which the Committee originally requested in an evidence session held on 25 March.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published this correspondence, alongside an immediate reply from its Chair, Greg Clark MP.

Chair's comment

Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, said:
"It is important that the bodies responsible for UK policy and practice are transparent about the basis of vital decisions. It is disappointing that Public Health England has still not disclosed the assessment they made which led them to reject the South Korean approach to testing. So I ask again for PHE to publish the evidence which informed UK testing strategy, without further delay."

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