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Exclusive: NHS faces shortage of blood collection tubes amid ‘UK border challenges’


Disruptions to the supply of tubes for collecting blood used in diagnostic tests across the NHS, including for a complication of covid, may mean trust stocks run short, HSJ understands.

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GPs given power to switch off online consulations as practices reach ‘breaking point’


GPs have been given the ability to stop patients contacting them through the online eConsult system as their professional body warns that primary care is reaching ‘breaking point’.

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Exclusive: Eight trusts now have one in 10 beds filled by covid patients


Eight hospital trusts have hit the point where one in 10 of their beds is occupied by a patient with coronavirus, figures seen by HSJ reveal, and several more are approaching it.