UK business leaders criticise government’s handling of ‘pingdemic’ | Business

Business leaders, health experts and trade associations representing tens of thousands of businesses have hit out at the government’s handling of the “pingdemic” self-isolation crisis.

Amid mounting concern that staff absences are stifling economic recovery, Princess Yachts and luxury carmaker Bentley added their names to a growing list of firms with a significant number of workers absent.

And a day after the business lobby group the Institute of Directors criticised “poor communication and mixed messages” from the government, a host of trade associations followed suit.

Leading figures in farming, accounting, boating, paper and printing, and engineering said they were dismayed by the government’s apparent confusion over whether staff who are pinged by NHS test and trace need to isolate.

The government has retreated from comments by the business minister Paul Scully – and a letter to one manufacturer from the investment minister Lord Grimstone…

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