Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th February 2021.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of not requiring covid-19 testing for hospital discharges into the community where care is not required on rates of community covid-19 transmission.

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

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies assessed the effect that discharging patients from hospital into the community without testing had on COVID-19 community infection rates. They found that while it had a high impact during the first wave of COVID-19 infections, it was less likely to do so during a second wave, due to the improved infection control measures implemented in hospitals.

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