Coronavirus: NHS employees stopped working due to lack of testing, chiefs say

People wait to enter a metro station in New Delhi India

People wait to enter a metro station in New Delhi India

"Trust leaders are frustrated that, throughout the pandemic, the government has always seemed more concerned with managing the political implications of operational problems rather than being open and honest about them - shortages of PPE and testing reagents earlier in the pandemic being good examples".

Inadequate testing is leading to increased absences in the National Health Service as staff members are forced to self-isolate while they and their family members wait for test results after possible exposure to the virus, according to NHS Providers.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS providers, a membership organisation for NHS trusts, said: "It's clear that there are current capacity problems with the testing regime".

Suspected Covid-19 patients with acute medical needs and people in care homes will be prioritised under plans to ration coronavirus tests, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs.

"As demand has risen, we are having to prioritise once again".

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC it was "unacceptable" that some people were struggling to get tests, and that most people can get tested within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of their homes.

The government says it has the capacity to process about 243,000 coronavirus tests a day, up from 220,000 at the end of August.

Britain's health minister said the government was working hard to fix what he said were "operational challenges" in the testing system caused by a surge in demand and that it may take weeks to resolve the shortages. Authorities have underestimated the speed at which more testing capacity is needed, Bell said, warning that the problem could get worse.

Hancock stressed last week that he did not want to limits access to tests directly, but moved to change the wording on the NHS website to suggest that people should not to book a test unless they have obvious symptoms.

"Our latest survey showed how concerned the trust leaders were about the effect of insufficient testing on their ability to restore services, and it is disappointing that no detailed information on current problems has been shared", he said.

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"Trusts also have a concern about the impact of testing shortages on patients who need to be tested prior to planned hospital treatment".

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- Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said constituents in his Surrey constituency had been sent to Bristol or the Isle of Wight for tests.

The Government said that as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 3,105 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

After updating the site for five hours, she was able to get an appointment but upon arrival she was told that no reservations had been made. He said, "I'm told, there's nothing we can do, at first".

While the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 was relatively low, the source said "the direction of travel is only going to go one way, in my view between now and the winter, which is up". "I welcome enormously the return of children to school but. this has led to a very large increase in the number of children who are being sent to testing centres, often bringing their parents and other household members with them, and that has put an enormous pressure on the system", he admitted.

"Down here on planet Earth, we need a purpose-built testing and tracking system here and now with capability, agility and accessibility that does not require journeys of 100 miles that harm some of the most vulnerable", said Dr. Chand of BMA, and Nagpole is expected to deliver a speech in no time.

"The government is now shooting for the moon promising to deliver mass continuous testing with a test that doesn't yet exist at a cost almost as much as the total NHS budget", he said.

Lord Bethell of Romford, the testing minister, told peers yesterday that "we are throwing everything we can at the test and trace system", acknowledging though that demand had been too high.

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