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Patients facing NHS tests 'bottleneck'


A rising number of patients are facing long waits for key NHS tests as UK hospitals struggle with staff shortages, a BBC investigation shows.

Tests such as scans and biopsies are crucial for diagnosing illnesses.

But tens of thousands of patients are waiting weeks - sometimes months - for them, leading to potentially harmful delays before treatment can start.

Figures obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act suggest a lack of radiographers is a key cause.

They carry out scans and ultrasounds which can detect problems such as tumours, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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