The Government wants to have real control over all the coronavirus detection tests that are carried out in the country. Also those that companies intend to do when their employees begin to return to their offices en masse with de-escalation. The Ministry of Health has already ordered all companies to inform you of all diagnostic material that they buy. But the Executive has already warned companies that to carry out tests they must have prior authorization from the health authority.
“Companies have to have permission from the health authority” to do tests and carry them out under medical prescription, said the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, at a press conference. Some large companies had already stopped their plans to test in order to return to the ‘new normal’ that they contemplated the realization of test while waiting to know the official criteria.
Other Ibex corporations already include in their de-escalation protocols that “it is recommended to test employees (…) a circumstance conditional on the authorization of the Administration”, as Telefónica has reflected in its agreement with the unions anticipating this situation. The Naturgy power company plans to carry out tests on its employees and their immediate family in its roadmap back to normal, which could involve doing 16,000 tests.
Minister Illa, in fact, has underlined that the “most effective” is to comply with the protection measures and not to carry out a mass detection test among the staff. “The best thing that companies can do is adapt: telework, shifts or protection material,” he said. »Hand washing, maintaining high hygiene standards and complying with social distancing is more effective than testing people. who have no symptoms.
The Ministry of Health established in an order published in the BOE For two weeks now, all private companies -also public institutions- that purchase material to test for coronavirus must notify the health authorities. A ministerial order that coincided with the publication by El Confidencial of information on the requisition of more than 2,000 tests that were to be used by Siemens Gamesa, denounced by the company’s unions and on which the company’s management has decided not to comment.
And that set off alarms in companies, to the point that some have chosen to paralyze the tests they were preparing for fear of requisitioning the material (with the consequent cost of image for the company) and will wait for it to Notify them of the official criteria of Health before moving the card.
Large Spanish business groups have decided to stop the plans already designed or that they were evaluating to carry out the coronavirus detection test on their staff. Both for the return to work after the end of the business hibernation period and for the future de-escalation and the progressive return to normality, some companies -among them, many of the large ones of the Ibex- had programs designed or even imminent to test To him eployees.