Compulsory HIV tests for healthcare staff

doctors and nurses in the UK will have to take compulsory HIV checks, the
Government has confirmed.

move was prompted by fears that hundreds of new health staff recruited from
overseas may be carrying HIV.

consultation paper giving details of the proposed move has now been published.

chief medical officer Dr Pat Troop said: "These new measures, based on
expert advice, are designed to improve protection for patients still further by
extending existing health checks.

new checks will also help those planning a career in the health service to make
informed career choices early on."

By Quentin Reade

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