Health Minister continues meeting despite positive Covid test

Health Minister positive Covid

Health Minister continues meeting despite positive Covid test

Health Minister Gillian Keegan has apologised for continuing an in-person meeting after receiving a positive Covid test.

During a visit on Tuesday 8 February, the Minister for Care and Mental Health received the results to a lateral flow test which she took before meeting with a group of bereaved fathers.

Keegan, the Conservative MP for Chichester, has reportedly said that she continued the meeting with the consent of the fathers, but that she now realises it was ‘an error of judgement’ on her part.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “When I was told my test was positive, I was listening to three fathers who had tragically lost their daughters to suicide.

“I told them the result and took further precautions but with their consent, I stayed for a short period to hear their stories.”

She added: “I should have immediately ended the meeting, and on reflection this was an error of judgment on my part.

“I fully recognise the importance of following the letter and spirit of the policies, so want to be upfront about what happened and to apologise for the mistake I made.”

Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Pat McFadden, told Sky News: “Well, I think if you test positive, you should probably go home.”

The Health Minister is now isolating at home with minimal side effects, but Government rules dictate that people who receive a positive Covid test should isolate immediately.

Self-isolation now only lasts five full days, as long as the individual receives a negative test on days five and six.

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