The demand for more activity comes with pressure on providers rising as covid levels soar. We discuss how local systems feel the move has left their elective recovery plans in tatters and the politics behind the row.

Also, trusts in the North East have told staff pinged by the covid app they do not need to self-isolate. Will this become a countrywide trend considering NHS staff shortages?

Featuring Annabelle Collins, Matt Discombe and James Illman.

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