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NHS: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 33760, tabled on 23 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to carry out mass covid-19 testing of NHS staff.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

30 April 2020

Testing is a crucial part of the United Kingdom's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government is working on multiple fronts to deliver additional testing capacity into the system. On 4 April 2020, the Government published its testing strategy 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scaling up our testing programmes'. The strategy sets out five pillars and the second pillar focuses on the mass swab testing for critical key workers in the National Health Service.

The document is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-scaling-up-testing-programmes/coronavirus-covid-19-scaling-up-our-testing-programmes

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