Petition for government to test all NHS frontline staff.

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Pointless idea. Just like a criminal record check, it would only be valid on the day of the test, they could catch it on the way home after the test and be given the all clear giving a false reassurance to them which may mean they let their guard down and become complacent.
There is neither the time nor the resources to test all NHS staff. The question also has to be is why? The genie is out of the bottle I am afraid. We are all going to get this virus and pray to God - lots of people will be discovering God in the coming months - that we are one of the lucky ones not to die from it and not to suffer life-changing health problems as a result.

Most people, we are told, will get through this just fine. But there is going to be a lot of very ill people, and worse, coming.
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nadhaw16/03/2020 22:08

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So if any of your nearest or dearest don’t get infected when they’re not feeling well and have to go into hospital???
I think it's a good idea. But how often would they need to be tested.
There is neither the time nor the resources to test all NHS staff. The question also has to be is why? The genie is out of the bottle I am afraid. We are all going to get this virus and pray to God - lots of people will be discovering God in the coming months - that we are one of the lucky ones not to die from it and not to suffer life-changing health problems as a result.

Most people, we are told, will get through this just fine. But there is going to be a lot of very ill people, and worse, coming.
If NHS staff test positive and go into self-isolation, who is going to treat the patients? Testing should only be available for people with severe symptoms.
Pointless idea. Just like a criminal record check, it would only be valid on the day of the test, they could catch it on the way home after the test and be given the all clear giving a false reassurance to them which may mean they let their guard down and become complacent.
Signed. If someone is sick and needs hospitalising the last thing they need is to catch Covid19 to finish them off. Those are the people most at risk with this virus. Perfect sense to protect them first. Also only right that NHS staff know when then have caught this virus (more than likely in their line of work) to give them the chance to protect their friends and family too
tempt16/03/2020 22:20

If NHS staff test positive and go into self-isolation, who is going to …If NHS staff test positive and go into self-isolation, who is going to treat the patients? Testing should only be available for people with severe symptoms.


You really don't want sick people taking care of sick people! If symptoms are severe it should be more than obvious that the person has the virus and should be treated just as any other individual. I can't see any logic in your comment.
The reason for testing staff is that at the moment we don’t know who has it and not ; some staff may be self isolating when they don’t need too and other who have very mild. Symptoms who are spreading the virus without knowing it to the most vulnerable .....
The reason for testing staff is that at the moment we don’t know who has it and not ; some staff may be self isolating when they don’t need too and other who have very mild. Symptoms who are spreading the virus without knowing it to the most vulnerable .....
First question, how many testing kits do we have available and how many frontline NHS staff are there?
Ridiculous. They have not even got the kits to do it. Let alone it being an absolutely absurd idea.

So they do the test & its OK. When are you going to test them again? Once a week? Once a day?

Totally stupid idea.
Haircut_10016/03/2020 23:37

First question, how many testing kits do we have available and how many …First question, how many testing kits do we have available and how many frontline NHS staff are there?


Not enough. That's why they didn't test people leaving planes from the hot spots. That's why they only tested those who had symptoms and had been to those places. That's why they didn't test all the contacts of those positive people. That's why when you could no longer travel from those places they switched to testing the next on the list priority wise - those in hospital.

It is hilarious to watch Twitter and places and see everyone moaning about not testing people in the community and that we're only testing hospital cases - are you seriously suggesting that they should prioritise people self-isolating at home with a bit of a cough over people in a hospital bed?

They tend to be the same people who think closing schools is the best idea when 1) kids get it less and 2) kids suffer incredibly less and also those who think they're only testing hospital people to fiddle the numbers, when in reality using all your testing capacity on hospital cases will 1) increase positive-to-negative ratio (as has happened) and 2) result in higher death ratio because you're only testing severe people.

If they wanted to fiddle the numbers then testing randoms would be what they're doing.

Testing patients so front line staff can handle known cases accordingly.
Then front line staff so they don't spread it to other patients.
Then contacts as they're most likely to get it (though the isolation measures mean it is kind of moot).
Then wider community.

That's the priority as more testing comes online.

On capacity people keep pointing to places like South Korea. Yes they're doing a lot of testing, but they've been through SARS and MERS - and during those they were hopeless at testing. So they've learned from the experience. The western world hasn't had it and that's why we're struggling.
Silly idea. They might test negative today and positive tomorrow.

Unless they could do a simple cheap instant test like they can for diabetes.

Until then they should check for fever and cough etc..
They are NOT testing staff with symptoms at the mo ; problem is a lot of ppl my have mild cough / cold so some are self isolating but most are continuing to work because no one really knows who may have it patients are being exposed ....
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Unless you are unwell enough to be an impatient in hospital nhs staff are NOT being tested despite symptoms ..... bonkers decisions being made
No.
When and if there’s some sort of cure put these people down to be on the front line for that but as already been said it’s pointless because they could catch it the very next day.
Let waste more money .
All these get 100000 online signed petitions should be knocked on the head or only allow say 4 a year to be considered. They take up precious time and resources.
Imagine you're a bus driver and the passengers could ask the driver random questions whilst they are driving all day? It would only be a matter of time before a crash would happen then followed by some request under the freedom of information act as to how many crashes a year took place.
That said IMO there is nothing wrong with closely monitoring there own staff and giving themselves priority., if deemed necessary.
Stupid idea as they would need to be tested every single day
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