Bosses turn up at self-isolating workers' home and bully her into Covid-19 blood test

06 Aug 2020
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Untrained managers turn up at woman’s home and demand to take her blood – then refuse to show her results

A self-isolating school worker was horrified when bosses from her academy turned up at her home and bullied her into taking a covid-19 blood test.

The terrified teaching assistant, who had already requested a test from the NHS, let them take her blood – even though the NHS does not recommend home antibody test kits, as it has not been confirmed if they’re safe and reliable yet.

Management then refused to show her the results - but insisted they were negative and ordered her to return to work next day.

Loretta Barratt, the headteacher who ordered management to the worker’s home, then held an all-staff meeting in which she publicly breached the privacy of the worker by naming them and recounting the events of the test.

Dorrington Academy, where the woman worked, has failed to provide the medical training records of those who drew the blood, risk assessments, school policies around testing or consent forms to GMB Union despite repeated requests.

Michelle Harris, GMB Organiser, said:

“Dorrington Academy has put the health of its pupils, their families and the staff at risk by deliberately breaking a staff member’s self-isolation in order to bully them into taking an unproven test in their own home.

“Sending untrained members of management to draw blood from someone in self-isolation, then allowing those managers back onto site without testing them, is playing fast and loose with the lives of the children and their families.

“We have a responsibility to our NHS and key workers - who have sacrificed so much for us - to abide by the rules of the lockdown and keep our children safe.”

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