Inadequate testing is leading to increased absences in the National Health Service as staff members are forced to self-isolate while they and their family members wait for test results after possible exposure to the virus, according to NHS Providers.
Comes after widespread reports on People struggle to get tested.
Officials predict that the current capacity will fail to meet demand over the next few weeks, at least until a laboratory capable of processing 50,000 tests per day opens in the Midlands, which is unlikely to happen any time soon.
Speaking to the House of Commons on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock acknowledged that the United Kingdom testing system was facing "operational challenges".
"The problem is that NHS trusts are working in the dark - they don't know why these shortages are occurring, how long they are likely to last, how geographically widespread they are likely to be and what priority will be given to healthcare workers and their families in accessing scarce tests", Hopson said Tuesday.
Because of the surge in demand for tests, the United Kingdom government has promised to increase capacity and urged people only to get a test if they are showing symptoms. Authorities underestimated the speed at which more testing capacity would be needed, Bell said, warning that the problem could get worse.
Hospital trust bosses are saying that key workers are having to self-isolate because Covid-19 tests are unavailable for either them or their family, taking valuable staff away from the frontline.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged to have a "world-beating" testing and tracing operation in place by June.
The latest issue with the testing system is that some people who booked appointments have been turned down from testing centers because the system failed to send them a barcode.
Sands said he has tried more than 50 times to log on to the government's website to book a test, but each time it either said there are none available or the system crashes.
Hancock said there had been a sharp rise in people coming forward for tests, including those who were not eligible.
"I must say I burst into tears". "It made me feel like a failure as a parent".
A nurse in the southwest, whose daughter was suffering from a chronic cough and temperature, said he was almost removed despite a test.
On reaching the test site, he was told he could not get the test. He said, "I'm told, there's nothing we can do, at first".
NHS Providers said a lack of testing also hindered preparations for winter, as hospitals could become more crowded due to Covid-19 and seasonal flu.
Meanwhile, the president of the British Medical Association said the government should focus on the existing testing regime - rather than the "Moonshot Process" plan that aims to see millions of tests being processed every day using a new type of test that has yet to be rolled out. Given the Importance of an effective testing regime, not just for staff, but also for NHS patients and the general public, trust leaders want the Government to be honest and open about what is going on here.
"Down here on planet Earth, we need a purpose-built testing and tracking system here and now with capability, agility and accessibility that does not require journeys of 100 miles that harm some of the most vulnerable", said Dr. Chand of BMA, and Nagpole is expected to deliver a speech in no time.
Mr. Johnson He previously said The comprehensive testing program could be ready by spring and could help the United Kingdom avoid a second national lockdown.
Hancock insisted that capacity for testing was "at a record high" and 9,278 tests were carried out on Monday in the 10 areas of the country worst-hit by a surge in cases.
"The government is now shooting for the moon promising to deliver mass continuous testing with a test that doesn't yet exist at a cost almost as much as the total NHS budget", he said.
"To further support the national Test and Trace programme, NHS hospital labs have now been asked to further expand their successful, fast turnaround and highly accurate, testing capacity".