Home tests for coronavirus should be available to NHS staff across the UK “very soon”, according to the government’s testing co-ordinator.
Prof John Newton acknowledged that health and care workers have struggled to access testing sites.
The government said lack of “demand” rather than capacity was behind the slow growth in testing numbers.
But the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have challenged this.
They say long drives or difficulty accessing drive-through sites without a car were preventing staff from being tested.
There are 27 testing centres in total and there are reports of some staff having to drive hundreds of miles to reach their nearest site.
The government says there is capacity to