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UK COVID-19 Update: Weekly Testing for NHS Staff Recommended
The Commons Health and Social Care Committee’s latest report into the handling of COVID-19 recommends routine testing of NHS staff to help keep services running.
The report also warns of tens of thousands of avoidable deaths within a year because of disruption to non-COVID services, such as cancer care.
In a news release the MPs said “a compelling case” has been made for staff testing “and they are yet to understand why it cannot be introduced”.
In a statement, Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt expressed pride in the “heroic contribution” of frontline NHS staff but the pandemic “massively impacted normal NHS services, something that could have been mitigated with earlier infection control measures in hospitals and clearer communication to patients whose care was disrupted.
“Weekly testing of NHS staff has