I know people have posted about this recently, but it is now obviously worse.
Although this is specifically about NHS England, I doubt that the other three nations are any better off.
GPs and hospitals to limit blood tests in England due to bottle shortage
NHS says lack of plastic bottles for samples will worsen and last ‘for a significant period’
GPs have been told to stop performing most blood tests until mid-September, and hospitals to cut their number by 25%, as the NHS grapples with an acute shortage of sample bottles.
NHS England has ordered the unprecedented huge cut in blood testing because hospitals and GP surgeries have been hit with a severe and deepening shortage of the vials samples are put into.
The problem had already forced hospitals and GPs to start limiting the number of blood tests being carried out on patients.
But in new guidance issued on Thursday NHS England warned the shortage would get worse over the next few weeks and last for “a significant period”, which is believed may be months.
In the guidance letter it told GPs and hospital bosses that “the supply position remains constrained and is forecasted to become even more constrained over the coming weeks.
“While it is anticipated that the position will improve from the middle of September, overall supply is likely to remain challenging for a significant period.”
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