NHS Providers latest response to scrapping of health surcharge and antibody testing

21 May 2020

Scrapping of health surcharge is very welcome move

Deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said::

“We very much welcome the government’s decision to remove the immigration health surcharge for our highly valued health and care staff, particularly at a time when in which they are doing so much going above and beyond to help the nation through this pandemic.

“Migrant staff make up a substantial and critical part of the NHS workforce.

“We hope removing this charge is the first of many steps taken by the government to better recognise the service of these key workers and reduce the costs and other barriers overseas-trained health and care staff face when choosing to live and work in the UK."

 

Antibody testing is needed but as part of wider testing strategy

Chief executive Chris Hopson:

"It’s good to hear that antibody testing – to see who has had the virus - will start to be rolled out to health and care staff.

“This should improve understanding about the spread of the disease, which is important, but it’s not clear whether people testing positive would be immune, so the practical impact may be limited.

“It’s important that, as part of a wider testing strategy, the government sets out in detail the role it envisages for these tests, how it will be rolled out and who will be prioritised.
“Trusts also need to know what role they would be expected to play in this process.”

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