Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate

NHS services are being put at risk because a lack of coronavirus testing is forcing many staff to self-isolate when they could be at work.

NHS Providers, which represents NHS trust leaders, says the recovery of services is being put in jeopardy while preparations for the winter pressures of COVID-19 and seasonal flu are also being hampered.

It said particular concerns had been raised in Bristol, Leeds and London and there was a lack of detailed operational information on the shortages, such as how long they will last.

Chief Executive Chris Hopson said: “It’s clear that there are current capacity problems with the testing regime.

“Trust leaders from Bristol, Leeds and London have all raised concerns over the weekend about the lack of testing availability leading to greater levels of staff absence.

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