ovid-19 testing amongst NHS and care dwelling workers with no signs in England is to be “paused” on the finish of August, officers have introduced.
The Division of Well being and Social Care has introduced stated that the choice to cease all “asymptomatic testing” comes as circumstances of the virus proceed to fall.
However the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) stated nurses “should proceed to have entry to free testing and high-quality private protecting gear”.
Routine asymptomatic testing for the final inhabitants stopped earlier this 12 months and checks have been now not free to entry for most of the people.
From 31 August, we are going to pause routine asymptomatic testing in most high-risk settings
However well being and social care leaders referred to as for testing amongst NHS and care workers to proceed amid excessive case numbers.
Testing for employees and sufferers with out signs continued in NHS, social care and a few jail settings.
The division stated that it made the choice to pause routine testing for most individuals with out signs from August 31, however it can resume the programme “ought to or not it’s wanted”.
Asymptomatic testing will stay in place for folks being admitted hospices and for these going into care houses and for immunocompromised sufferers who’re being admitted to hospital, it stated.
Testing for folks with signs will proceed in some NHS, social care and jail system settings.
This can embrace NHS workers with signs; sufferers who want a prognosis to allow them to entry Covid-19 therapies; care dwelling and hospice workers; social care workers; hospice and care dwelling residents; jail workers and detainees and workers and repair customers of sure home abuse refuges and homelessness companies.
Well being and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay stated: “Because of the success of our world-leading vaccination roll-out, we’re capable of proceed dwelling with Covid and, from 31 August, we are going to pause routine asymptomatic testing in most high-risk settings.
“This displays the actual fact case charges have fallen and the chance of transmission has lowered, although we are going to proceed to carefully monitor the scenario and work with sectors to renew testing ought to or not it’s wanted.
“These being admitted into care houses will proceed to be examined.
“Our upcoming autumn booster programme will provide jabs to guard these at biggest threat from extreme Covid, and I urge everybody who’s eligible to take up the provide.”
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the UK Well being Safety Company, stated: “Covid case charges and hospitalisations are on the decline, demonstrating the constructive impression of the vaccines, which stay our greatest type of defence. The information from our surveillance reveals prevalence is low and reducing, and we are going to proceed to observe this knowledge carefully.
“If you’re invited to obtain a booster jab within the autumn, or in case you have not but had a Covid vaccine, please do take up the provide to guard your self and people round you.”
Patricia Marquis, director for England on the RCN, stated: “Nursing workers are solely too conscious of the horrible toll the failure to check can have on a few of their most weak sufferers.
“Circumstances of Covid-19 might be falling however this virus has nonetheless not gone away, and it’s important that there’s continued vigilance to make sure sufferers and nursing workers will not be put in danger.
“Nursing workers should proceed to have entry to free testing and high-quality private protecting gear.
“Threat assessments, in keeping with well being and security laws, ought to be undertaken by all healthcare workers.
“We’ve got all come a good distance and should not threat any backwards step when well being companies are already below huge strain.”