A frontline doctor has described his and colleagues' frustration over the lack of testing for Covid-19 - and says the Government may now need to move to some form of community surveillance.
"We have been frustrated over the level of testing. Doctors on the frontline can only really test patients who walk through our door," Wellington urgent care doctor Dr Kelvin Ward told Mike Hosking this morning.
"That testing is opportunistic to a certain degree. If testing is going to be widened to the extent the government is talking about, the government may need to do community surveillance of certain groups."
While testing rates had now improved, as case definition widened, it had been frustrating that the response to so many health experts' pushing for more testing had been so slow, said Ward.
"We see testing levels that don't just seem enough."