Welcoming the opening of the COVID-19 testing centre in Belfast for healthcare workers, BMA’s Northern Ireland Council chair, Dr Tom Black, said: “The opening of this centre will hopefully see a much-needed increase in testing of healthcare staff, enabling them to return to work quickly and, most importantly, prevent patients from potentially becoming unwell with COVID-19 themselves.
“We are about to enter the ‘peak’ two-week surge of the coronavirus here, during which our health service system will be stretched to levels we have never experienced before. This is why it is vital to test as many healthcare workers as possible as we need as many hands on deck in the coming weeks to care for patients.”
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