Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the RCP said: “These figures are a stark indication of the incredibly difficult situation facing our members working in the NHS.
“The Government’s current strategy to deliver testing that would support NHS staff to return to the workforce as quickly as possible clearly isn’t working.
“We welcome promises made this week to increase Covid-19 testing to 100,000 a day by the end of April, but NHS and social care staff and their households need tests now and progress has been far slower than the system requires. If it wants to build confidence, the Government must publish its plan, timeline and the challenges it expects.”
The survey also asked RCP members about their access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and found that almost a quarter (22 per cent) could not access the PPE they needed for treating Covid-19 patients.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said the Army is currently helping the NHS with the distribution of PPE to hospitals and other places it is needed and said companies like Burberry had stepped into make gowns.
“We have shipped over 400 million items of PPE and we’re shipping it at a rate of tens of millions a day,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday.
“We’ve got the Army helping as well and working incredibly hard on this.”