‘Compelling case’ for weekly Covid-19 testing of NHS staff, say MPs

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Doctor opening a sterile swab

(Source: Nursing Times)

The NHS risks becoming a "Covid-only" service this winter without routine testing for staff, an influential committee of MPs has warned.

It said there was a "compelling case" for workers in the NHS to be tested for Covid-19 every week, whether they have symptoms of not. 

Currently, testing for NHS staff is prioritised for those who display symptoms and those working in areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases.

The recommendations were made in a report published today by the Health and Social Care Select Committee, titled Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond, following an inquiry launched in April.

The document catalogued the challenges caused by the pandemic on the provision of other essential services and called for urgent action to tackle the patient backlog that had built up since the first peak.

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