Care Quality Commission: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th September 2020.

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Photo of Mary Foy Mary Foy Labour, City of Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether CQC inspectors visiting care homes will be tested regularly for covid-19.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department has considered the matter carefully and assessed that Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors do not meet the criteria for regular weekly asymptomatic testing, as they are not required to undertake ‘hands on’ close personal contact with people. They are therefore not required to have a COVID-19 test before entering a provider. If a CQC inspector is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, they will arrange a test via the Government portal. Should they receive a positive result they will no longer be able to go out on inspections and must self-isolate.

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