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Blood tube shortage: Healthcare staff should not be asked to delay tests, says BMA

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 24 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2099
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors have raised concerns about the effects that a shortage of blood tubes in England will have on patient care and the NHS, which already faces backlogs.

On 10 August NHS England issued guidance for healthcare workers, including medical directors and GPs, in the light of global shortages of blood tube products.1

It recommended that vitamin D testing, except …

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