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Twenty-two junior doctors under investigation after covid outbreak

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A trust is investigating after two junior doctors developed covid following an offsite event attended by 22 juniors where social distancing rules were allegedly ignored.

The cases, involving doctors from the Royal Surrey Foundation Trust in Guildford, have been declared an outbreak by Public Health England and police have investigated the incident.

But HSJ understands that contact tracing has concluded no patients needed to be tested because staff had worn appropriate PPE at all times and those involved had swiftly self-isolated once they realised they might have covid or had been at risk of exposure to it.

It is not known whether any of the doctors had returned to work after the event before realising they might have been exposed to covid.

Dr Mark Evans, deputy medical director, said: “Protecting our patients is our priority and we are committed to ensuring that all of our staff follow government guidance. This incident took place outside of work and has been reported appropriately, and there was no disruption to our services for patients.”

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Source: HSJ, 22 October 2020

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Does anyone know what the event was? I hope it wasn't a jolly with free food and drink, organised by a drug company.

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