Lack of Covid tests forcing NHS GPs and nurses to stay off work

Exclusive: Royal College of GPs warn staff absences could scupper flu vaccination drive

Thousands of GPs and nurses are being forced to stay off work as they cannot get tested for Covid-19, England’s test-and-trace tsar has been warned.

The Royal College of GPs has written to Dido Harding, head of the government’s £10bn test and trace programme, warning that staff absences could hit the flu vaccination drive that ministers say is vital to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter.

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