Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th September 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study published by Imperial College London on 24 April 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of weekly testing of health and social care staff regardless of whether they have covid-19 symptoms.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

National Health Service staff are prioritised for testing should they exhibit symptoms. In line with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance, asymptomatic staff are tested in situations where there was an untoward incident, outbreak, or high prevalence of the virus. Asymptomatic staff are also being periodically tested as part of Public Health England’s SIREN study.

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