Healthcare workers providing support outside of the NHS are finding it harder to access coronavirus tests than their colleagues inside the service, a survey of nurses has suggested.
A poll of 22,000 health and care workers conducted by the Royal College of Nursing found 44% of respondents did not know how to access testing – while 76% said they had not been offered a test.
The problem was also particularly pronounced among the temporary workers, with four in five not offered testing compared to three-quarters of full time workers.
Meanwhile the survey found 79% of those working outside of the NHS had not been offered a test, compared with 75% in the health service.
Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “It is concerning to see that some nursing staff, particularly those outside the NHS, are still having issues accessing COVID-19 testing.
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Source: The Independent, 4 May 2020