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Javid urged to prioritise Covid tests for NHS workers or risk patient harm

Doctors say some staff can’t work due to shortage of tests as health secretary admits supply is ‘constrained’

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The health secretary, Sajid Javid, is being urged to ensure NHS workers are prioritised for Covid tests, or risk a “devastating” impact on patient care, after conceding to MPs that the supply of lateral flow kits would have to be “constrained” over the next fortnight in light of rocketing demand.

The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents doctors, warned that the system for ensuring NHS staff receive tests was “not working”.

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