Blood Tests: Bottles

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th September 2021.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of blood test sample bottles in the NHS.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We have secured tens of millions of additional blood tubes, including importing additional supplies from the European Union and the United States of America, which are now in use and there continues to be stock in place to ensure clinically urgent testing continues. The Department is working closely with NHS England, the devolved administrations and the National Health Service to minimise any impact on patient care.

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