Labour calls for weekly Covid-19 tests for all health and care workers
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Labour calls for weekly Covid-19 tests for all health and care workers

Labour has called for all health and care staff to be given a coronavirus test every week.

The party says routine testing would minimise the transmission of Covid-19.

Shadow health and social care secretary Jonathon Ashworth said weekly testing for all staff – and not just symptomatic ones – must be an “urgent priority”.

Professor Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, told MPs on the Health Select Committee on Tuesday that staff should be tested regularly.

He said it would be “pragmatic” for NHS staff to be tested up to twice a week.

A study published in April by Imperial College London concluded that weekly Covid-19 testing in healthcare and care home staff could reduce spread of the disease.

The study found that if healthcare workers were given weekly PCR or point-of-care tests for infection, this would reduce their contribution to transmission by 25-33%, on top of reductions achieved by self-isolation following symptoms.

“Regular testing of all NHS staff must now be an urgent priority,” Mr Ashworth said.

“Weekly testing of all healthcare workers reduces the spread of the virus and helps protect NHS staff and patients.

“Eventually resetting the NHS to continue treating Covid and non-Covid patients is going to have to take priority.

“This should include putting in place infection control measures to make sure patients can continue to safely receive their care, and routine testing of all staff should be a part of this.”

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