UK warned virus test shortages harming health system

15 Septembre, 2020, 19:36 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • England hospitals warn of virus test shortages

Inadequate testing is leading to increased absences in the National Health Service as medical workers are forced to self-isolate while they and their family members wait for test results after possible exposures, according to NHS Providers, a group that represents hospitals. The worrisome prediction comes despite Whitehall recently announcing a new lab in Leicestershire, which will process around 50,000 antigen tests per day within the next few weeks, and opening a new lab at Newport.

Chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul will say in a speech later today: "Down here on planet Earth, we need a fit-for-purpose test and trace system in the here and now with capacity, agility and accessibility that doesn't require 100-mile journeys that disadvantage some of the most vulnerable".

Meanwhile, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has outlined plans to restrict access to tests, while officials in the government reportedly hope that reports about severe shortages of testing kits would bring down the demand from the "worried well".

He said hospitals "are working in the dark - they don't know why these shortages are occurring, how long they are likely to last, how geographically widespread they are likely to be and what priority will be given to healthcare workers and their families in accessing scarce tests".

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday she was seeking "urgent discussions" with the United Kingdom government over delays in people receiving their test results.

"It's not just access for tests for staff members themselves, it's also access for their family members as NHS workers have to self-isolate if their family members are unable to confirm if they have Covid-19 or not".

The British Medical Association has said the government should focus on the current testing system - rather than its enhanced "Operation Moonshot" proposal. The government is increasing testing capacity, and over the past week the average distance traveled to test sites dropped to 5.8 miles (9.3 kilometers) from 6.4 miles (10.2 miles), he said.

He said patients who are due to come for treatment should take priority for testing.

Governmental Testing System - Part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's testing, tracking and tracing process I promised it would be "hit the world" He has faced criticism in recent weeks.

LBC radio on Monday said no coronavirus tests were available in those areas.

"We're aware of a small number of examples of patients being unable to get such tests, which cuts across trusts' ability to restore services in the way they have been asked to do", he said.

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She had taken screenshots of a confirmation code but was not sent to scan the QR code.

"I must say I burst into tears".

A nurse in the southwest, whose daughter was suffering from a chronic cough and temperature, said he was almost removed despite a test.

In the end, he applied for the first test appointment he could find anywhere in the country - in this case, about 500 miles in Dundee - and managed to get a QR code.

However, cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons, defended the coronavirus testing system as a "government success" and said it was "going as well as could possibly be expected considering the demand". Over the past week, many people have complained that they were being sent to testing centers far from their homes, sometimes hundreds of miles away.

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.

At the weekend leaked documents revealed a backlog of 185,000 swabs. with large numbers of people unlikely to ever get their results.

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

An NHS spokeswoman said: "Hospitals continue to fully comply with recommended patient and staff testing protocols".

"To further support the national testing and traceability program, NHS Hospital Laboratories are now asked to further expand their capacity for successful, fast and highly accurate testing".

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