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Health & Fitness Exempting healthcare staff from self-isolation rules could lead to older patients catching virus, BMA warns

18:51  24 july  2021
18:51  24 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The British Medical Association has raised concerns about healthcare staff being exempted from self-isolation rules.

It was announced this week that healthcare workers who have had both jabs will be allowed to come into work even if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid.

The BMA’s honorary vice-president Dr Kailash Chand told Sky News: “We all know the cases are surging, hospital admissions are surging and one thing which is more worrying is that quite a few people who are being admitted have double vaccination.

“Exempting healthcare staff from self-isolation to get back to work, in my view, is a desperate situation.”

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Dr Chand also warned that the decision would have a negative knock-on effect, pointing out that older people with non-Covid medical issues could subsequently catch the virus from hospital staff.

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A record 619,000 people were told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app in the seven days up to 14 July.

It was announced on Friday that a “limited number of named workers”, including healthcare workers, will be exempt if they are fully vaccinated. They must have received their jab at least 14 days prior.

The Department of Health and Social Care called the move “a small and targeted intervention to ensure that services critical to the safety and functioning of our society can continue”.

Dr Chand was also concerned about staff infecting each other, arguing hospitals cannot afford to lose more staff after more than 15,000 have already died from Covid-19.

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