We draw on an interview given last week by NHS elective recovery chief Sir Jim Mackey, who backed calls for infection control guidance to be relaxed and warned that meeting cost efficiency targets may not be possible.

Also we discuss what trusts and systems are doing to ease the pressure, including digital outpatients and out-of-area elective treatments.

Featuring Nick Carding, Annabelle Collins and James Illman. 

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