Cost of UK NHS Covid travel tests is reduced again
The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international arrivals will now be reduced from £88 to £68 for green or fully vaccinated amber arrivals, and from £170 to £136 for two tests for amber arrivals to UK who are not fully vaccinated.
img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” src=”http://algarvedailynews.com/images/news2/19506.jpg” alt=”COST OF UK NHS COVID TRAVEL TESTS IS REDUCED” width=”160″ height=”107″ style=”margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;” />The cost of NHS Test and Trace tests for international arrivals will now be reduced from £88 to £68 for green or fully vaccinated amber arrivals, and from £170 to £136 for two tests for amber arrivals to UK who are not fully vaccinated.
The list of private testing providers is also to be reviewed to ensure pricing is accurate and transparent, following an urgent request from Health and Social Care Secretary. The review will start this weekend and last 10 days, and providers failing to meet necessary standards will be urgently removed from the list.
The price of travel testing has fallen significantly. This is the second time pricing of NHS tests has been reduced, following a review in May which reduced the cost of a day 2 and 8 package from £210 to £170.
The Health and Social Care Secretary in UK, Sajid Javid said:
“I know how much people have looked forward to their summer holidays and that the cost of PCR testing can be a barrier to that. That is why I am determined to protect consumers and hardworking families from exploitative practices and ensure high quality tests are available at a reasonable price.
I am pleased to announce that with immediate effect we’re slashing the price of day 2 and 8 tests from NHS Test and Trace by a fifth – this will benefit people right across the UK. And I look forward to reviewing initial advice from the Competition and Markets Authority over the coming days. I’ve also ordered my department to urgently review the list of private providers on gov.uk to ensure pricing is clearer and transparent. Any provider found to be misleading the public will be kicked off.
Too many providers are acting like cowboys and that needs to stop. The public should be allowed to enjoy their summer holidays without having to face excessive costs or anxiety.
Top quality clinical standards are fundamental to a successful testing programme. Test providers must use laboratories that are either accredited or undergoing accreditation by the independent United Kingdom Accreditation Service. Companies using laboratories that fail to meet the high standards required will be removed from the list of approved suppliers without hesitation.”