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Terry Taylor: We only have a limited pool of staff for all this work

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 25 Jan 2022, 5:34pm
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Terry Taylor: We only have a limited pool of staff for all this work

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 25 Jan 2022, 5:34pm

Scepticism our Covid testing system can hold up to Omicron surges.  

The Government says it's increased PCR testing capacity by nearly 20-thousand a day.  

The daily maximum is now 58-thousand – which can surge to 77,600 tests for up to a week.  

Medical Laboratory Science Institute president, Terry Taylor, told Heather du Plessis-Allan he isn't convinced they can handle that. 

“The reality here is there’s still the same staff that are going to be doing the work, and we only have a limited pool of staff, we can’t just click our fingers and suddenly bring 200 medical laboratory scientists in to do this work.” 

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