Hospices are 'falling through the cracks' of coronavirus testing

Hospices are 'falling through the cracks' of coronavirus testing as staff are being denied regular screening offered to other health workers, charity says Staff working in hospitals and care homes are offered weekly coronavirus tests  But staff who are working in hospices have been excluded from this pledge  This means asymptomatic staff could spread coronavirus through hospices 

By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:38 GMT, 26 October 2020 | Updated: 01:43 GMT, 26 October 2020

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Hospices are still being denied regular coronavirus testing, meaning thousands of patients face dying alone without their families.

Staff in hospitals and care homes are offered weekly tests regardless of whether they have symptoms – but those working in hospices have been excluded from this pledge.

It means asymptomatic staff could spread Covid-19 through hospices, which care for 225,000 terminally ill people in the UK each year.

Staff in hospitals and care homes are offered weekly tests regardless of whether they have symptoms ¿ but those working in hospices have been excluded from this pledge [File photo]

Staff in hospitals and care homes are offered weekly tests regardless of whether they have symptoms – but those working in hospices have been excluded from this pledge [File photo]

Marie Curie, the country’s leading end of life charity, said a lack of testing risks ‘paralysing’ the sector.

It is also calling for the families of patients in hospices to be tested every week so that they can visit their loved ones and

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