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Respiratory System: Infectious Diseases

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2159, tabled on 5 September 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to introduce rapid PCR testing for (1) influenza, and (2) other respiratory conditions, ahead of the winter.

Answered on

3 October 2022

Diagnostic testing by polymerase chain reaction tests for respiratory viruses is currently used by National Health Service trusts based on clinical and infection prevention and control needs. In addition, some trusts may use rapid near patient tests based on similar technologies.