Health and Social Services: Quarantine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what equality impact assessment he has made of the disparity in rules for quarantine upon arrival in the UK for (a) carers of people with disabilities who are either directly employed as a personal assistant or employed through a care agency registered with the Care Quality Commission and (b) health and care workers with proof of professional registration with a UK-based regulator.

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

On 8 June new rules for international travellers were introduced in order to reduce the risk of new COVID-19 cases from abroad. An exemption to the requirement to self-isolate was added to allow registered health and care staff to return to England to provide essential healthcare, helping to strengthen the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and save lives.

On 30 July the Government removed the exemption for registered health and care staff, thereby requiring them to self-isolate for 14 days on return from a non-exempt country or territory. The removal of this exemption ensure consistency with wider self-isolation measures and continue to protect public health.

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