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Quarantine waived for some NHS frontline workers

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith
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19/07/2021

Frontline NHS and social care staff in England will no longer need to self-isolate if they’re pinged by the contact tracing app – but only “in exceptional circumstances”.

Instead, staff will need a negative PCR test and to take daily lateral flow tests for at least seven days.

The new rules, announced this morning, are aimed at alleviating pressure on NHS and social care services.

The government said the change only applies to frontline NHS and social care staff where their absence “may lead to a significant risk of harm”.

Decisions about who qualifies will be made on a case-by-case basis following a risk assessment by the organisation’s management.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “As we learn to live with this virus, it’s important that we ensure frontline staff can keep providing the best possible care and support to people up and down the country.

“The government has backed healthcare services at every turn through this global pandemic and these new rules will fortify our collective defences against this awful virus, by allowing fully vaccinated frontline NHS and social care staff to continue to work when needed.”

The new rules apply to double vaccinated staff only.