Regardless as to the causes, things like severe shortages of blood vials should be treated very seriously by the government, and they should be doing everything possible to alleviate the situation.I just got some blood tests ordered by my GP and told it'll be at least 6 weeks though before I can hope to get an appointment because of the blood vials shortage. All non-urgent blood tests have had to be suspended because of the shortage of supplies.
I think private companies are getting drivers easier as they can offer to pay more and can then pass it onto the customer, whereas essential services are less flexible and can't compete with the better offers from luxury bathroom fittings suppliers.
I just met a lorry driver yesterday who said she can currently very much pick and choose which jobs to take, and hasn't earned nearly as much since before the financial crash.
The fact that they are doing nothing for the short term speaks volumes.
And the same goes for the collapse in supply chains generally. It's threatening to do untold damage to businesses and the economy, and there is nothing from this government to tackle the problem in the short term.
A disgraceful dereliction of duty.