PUBLIC health campaigners in Oxford called on the Government not to renew contracts with private company Serco for the national test-and-trace system.

They gathered outside County Hall in New Road yesterday with banners, posters, and a giant 'contract', which was later torn up.

Serco has held contracts for contact tracing since May 2020 but the group Keep Our NHS Public argues it has repeatedly failed to deliver on its duties.

Campaigners understand that the company's contract is currently set to end on May 17, and that the Government must decide whether to renew it by Monday.

Liz Peretz of Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public said: "Serco has had a full year to build a functioning, effective contact tracing system, but it is abundantly clear that they have failed.

"It is time for the Government to recognise this. It’s time for them to scrap Serco."