United Kingdom warned virus test shortages harming health system

  • United Kingdom warned virus test shortages harming health system

United Kingdom warned virus test shortages harming health system

"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".

Hospital heads have warned that a lack of coronavirus testing for NHS staff is leading to staff absences and services at risk.

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".

Following the exclusive investigation by LBC, Labour MPs questioned Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the Commons on Tuesday.

"As demand has risen, so we are having to prioritise once again and I do not shirk from decisions about prioritisation".

Staff absences in major cities had jumped as people tried to get tests, forcing them to stay off work and compounding delays to routine care that have worsened since the outbreak.

Downing Street acknowledged the "significant demand" for coronavirus tests but said "capacity is the highest it's ever been".

The Health Secretary told the Commons there are "operational challenges" with testing which the Government is "working hard" to fix.

United Kingdom ministers are drawing up plans to restrict "frivolous demands" for coronavirus tests, conceding that they didn't expect there would be so many people willing to take them, the Times reported, adding that despite a staggering 200,000 tests being carried out each day, demand is still much higher.

Because of the surge in demand for tests, the United Kingdom government has promised to increase capacity and urged people only to get a test if they are showing symptoms.

"Our recent survey showed how concerned trust leaders were about the impact of inadequate testing on their ability to restore services and it's disappointing that no detailed information on the current problems has been shared".

He said the NHS "simply can't spare members of staff waiting for tests not being able to come into work" and patients unable to be tested.

The latest issue with the testing system is that some people who booked appointments have been turned down from testing centers because the system failed to send them a barcode.

They said that, overall, the gap between members of the public seeking a test and being able to do a test "is not going to go away".

Moz Bulbeck Reynolds, who lives west of London, said she had been unable to schedule a test through the government testing website since Monday morning.

"I must say I burst into tears". It made me feel like a failure as a parent.

On reaching the test site, he was told he could not get the test.

A Government source said that while hospital admissions for Covid-19 are now at a low level, they will rise as infections rise across the community. "But also the pressure put on the system from children returning to school, and the testing demands associated with that, and people increasingly out and about".

"So could the Secretary of State please tell me how on earth a world-beating test and trace system is functioning in this way, and what is he doing to fix it?"

Mr. Johnson He previously said The comprehensive testing program could be ready by spring and could help the United Kingdom avoid a second national lockdown.

Some test results have also taken several days to return.

The Ministry of Health and Social Care said that testing capacity has targeted the areas worst affected after the high demand.

"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. "To further support the national Test and Trace programme, NHS hospital labs have now been asked to further expand their successful, fast turnaround and highly accurate, testing capacity".