By Raven Saunt For Mailonline
Published: 20:28 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 20:41 BST, 18 September 2020
The struggling test-and-trace programme has been forced to bring in super-management consultants from KPMG in an attempt to get back on track.
The government is preparing to draft in a new team to bolster the £10billion scheme which was implemented to manage any second coronavirus wave.
The service, which was introduced by Boris Johnson earlier this year as 'world-beating', has been condemned as 'barely functional' after being flooded by demand in recent weeks.
It comes as the Prime Minister sounded the Covid-19 alarm after admitting an 'inevitable' surge in cases - with the UK recording a four-month high of 4,322 new infections in the past 24 hours.
The struggling test-and-trace programme has been forced to bring in super-management consultants from KPMG in an attempt to get back on track
'Hundreds' of staff from consulting firms including KPMG and EY have been put on standby to work in various parts of the test-and-trace system 'on a short-term basis', according to The Guardian.
It is thought that they will be required across the programme including project support, supply chain, data and programme management sectors.
The consultants are said to be starting within the next 72 hours and will likely remain for the next six months - with the terms of contracts still