NHS staff 'not told when colleagues test positive for Covid-19'
28th May 2020 - The Guardian
NHS staff at a hospital that has stopped taking new patients amid a Covid-19 spike have lodged a series of concerns, including that they are not routinely being informed of when colleagues test positive for the virus.
The concerns were laid out in a letter from union representatives to management at Weston general hospital in Somerset, which is now testing all staff while carrying out a deep clean. Another concern raised by Unison was that priority for testing was not being given to BAME staff. The death rate from coronavirus in English hospitals is more than 2.5 times greater among people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds than among the white population.
Dr Chris Gough - Anaesthetist and Intensivist
Now that I am recovering from Covid-19, I want to share my symptoms, and my experience, in case it is of help to anyone else. I've felt pretty rotten the last few days, but am finally improving. I am only talking about my own experiences - as a patient, not a doctor.
I'll have a quick moan about testing, and then go through my symptoms. Testing, testing, testing. We must stop the ridiculous imbalance where politicians and sports stars can apparently get tested, but frontline health workers cannot. The criteria must be consistent.