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  • London patients waiting 21 weeks for routine NHS blood tests

    Serious incident declared over backlog caused by service suspension during Covid pandemic

    Thu 15 Oct 2020 05.06 EDT
    Denis Campbell Health policy editor

    Patients in north-east London are having to wait up to 21 weeks for a routine blood test on the NHS because a huge backlog built up when the service was suspended during the unfolding of the Covid pandemic.

    Margaret Hodge, one of the local MPs, has warned that the hold-ups could lead to patients receiving a late diagnosis of their illness and being forced to wait many months to have surgery.

    People with cancer, kidney problems, diabetes and eye problems are among those affected.

    The huge delays have prompted the Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge NHS clinical commissioning group to declare the problem a “system serious incident” and launch an investigation into whether they have led to anyone being harmed. It is looking in particular at the clinical history of those who have had to wait the longest.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/...box=1602757186

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