Care Workers and Health Professions: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th May 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional steps he is taking to help ensure that NHS and Social Care staff are protected against the ongoing transmission of covid-19.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department, the United Kingdom Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) cell and the UK Health Security Agency monitor emerging evidence and data on transmission and guidance will be amended accordingly if required. The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are assisting the National Health Service and social care providers to implement guidance, including the recommendation for staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering in health and care settings. In addition to IPC measures, the vaccination programme, staff and patient testing and some symptomatic testing for care residents, remain the most effective defence against the COVID-19 in healthcare settings. Personal protective equipment for COVID-19 will continue to be provided free of charge for health and social care settings until March 2023 or until IPC guidance is withdrawn or significantly amended.

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