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NHS: Boris Johnson will face a grilling from senior MPs amid a warning that the “failure” of the test and trace system is placing huge pressure on the health service.

The Prime Minister will be questioned by deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner during PMQs after a turbulent 24 hours in which the Government announced coronavirus tests would now need to be rationed.

As the system struggles to cope with soaring demand, people have been turning up to accident and emergency to ask for Covid-19 tests.Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face MPs in the Commons on the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis (House of Commons/PA)

It comes one week after Mr Johnson announced his “Operation Moonshot” plan for mass coronavirus testing of millions of people.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will miss PMQs as he remains in isolation awaiting a coronavirus test result for a member of his family.

The PM will later face questions from select committee chairs who make up the Liaison Committee.

With his Government facing challenges on multiple fronts, Mr Johnson will be asked about the response to the pandemic, as well as Brexit negotiations and the Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development.

On Tuesday, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said it was managing a “high volume” of patients who had turned up to A&E requesting tests after struggling to secure them online or at mobile units.   Read More..

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