London: NHS crisis

 

London: NHS crisis
A small number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients from London have been transferred to intensive care units elsewhere in the country, because of a shortage of beds in their home areas, it emerged this week. Speaking at the weekend, Sir Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, said he would not “sugar-coat” the facts and warned that with a Covid patient having been admitted every 30 seconds, on average, since Christmas, hospitals were under “extreme pressure”. During the first wave of the pandemic, the number of patients in hospital in England with the virus peaked at 18,974. On 16 January, there were 32,923, 11% more than a week earlier. In the Covid hotspot of London, cases were falling this week, but hospital admissions were still rising. There were 7,686 people in hospital on 13 January, up from 7,034 a week earlier.

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