RM/CWU – Covid-19 Expansion of Additional Priority Postbox Test Kit Collections
As previously advised in LTB 251/20 there have been several different Government lead initiatives in regards to Individual Covid -19 Testing services. We have concluded a National Joint Statement with Royal Mail which is a further expansion of the NHS Self testing service from pillar box collections. Due to timescales and circumstances beyond our control it is fairly urgent that representatives in conjunction with the laid down JWG process enter into discussions with local management in order to ensure that the process is carried out in line with those outlined.
The National Joint Statement covers the extension of pillar boxes for the home self-test kits to be collected, from c13,000 to c34,000 priority and identified pillar boxes Monday to Saturday, with further discussion and agreement necessary for any later collections being performed on a Saturday than those currently. The extended list of pillar boxes is attached; however please note these are subject to change.
The National Joint Statement is in similar regard to those that have been communicated to Branches previously in relation to this issue, and includes the necessary safeguards in terms of the appropriate SSOW, full CWU involvement and JWG activity, building on joint pilot activity that has taken place in London and the South Midlands catchment areas that has concentrated in ensuring that the correct standard operating procedures and SSOW are followed in order to improve the process.
Once again the nature of the requested service and pace of change ahead with this is being created is being set by HM Government. The CWU has made representations on the perceived lack of any consistent approach to the whole issue of CV-19 self-testing etc. which is making the operational aspects of the various initiatives linked to this service extremely difficult to deal with whilst also creating understandable confusion.
Accordingly, both departments offer our apologies for the short notice of these changes but once again we have been placed in this invidious position by HM Government at the last minute.
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Mark Baulch – CWU Assistant Secretary
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