Sir Chris asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to clarify the position on Coronavirus screening.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to progress approval of the NHS National Screening Committee for the use of lateral flow tests for covid-19 which give results in thirty minutes; and what assessment that Committee made of the accuracy of the tests.
The NSC ‘screening’ as follows: “Screening is the process of identifying healthy people who may have an increased chance of a disease or condition. Lateral flow devices (LFDs) are used to identify positive asymptomatic individuals. LFDs are not designed to identify healthy people at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, nor are they intended to improve the health outcomes of those who are tested. Accordingly, the use of LFDs does not amount to screening and therefore their use does not fall within the remit of the NSC.
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