Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 11 February 2022.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to guidance that a follow up PCR test is not required following a positive lateral flow test, what measures are in place to ensure that staff members off work as a result of positive covid-19 tests have appropriate documentation to prove the basis for their absence to employers other than a picture of a lateral flow test.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

It is important that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 continues to report their lateral flow device (LFD) test results through the usual LFD reporting system on GOV.UK or by calling 119. Workers are legally required to tell their employers when they have a legal duty to self-isolate if they cannot work from home. However, there is no obligation for them to show their test results to their employer. If an employer has concerns about absence in the workplace, they should follow their usual procedures.

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