NHS: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th April 2020.

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Photo of Sam Tarry Sam Tarry Labour, Ilford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the NHS plans to offer testing for covid-19 to staff members.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We know that dedicated National Health Service staff want to be caring for patients on the frontline, but without a test, if they or a member of their household develops symptoms they are required to self-isolate.

NHS frontline staff tests started on 27 March, with hundreds of staff to be tested. On 29 March, the Government confirmed that a testing programme to support NHS staff will increase throughout this week and tests will be turned around as quickly as possible. If a NHS worker falls ill, they can now come into one of the drive-in centers and get tested, so they know whether or not they have COVID-19.

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