NHS near ‘implosion’ – and figures show second wave is now hitting more vulnerable patients
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has issued a public warning that the NHS is near ‘implosion’ and almost 100% full – and that the mushrooming of coronavirus infections in the ‘second wave’ of the pandemic is pushing the health service beyond its limit.
The RCEM notes that while the number of patients hospitalised by COVID is four times higher than a month ago, five times as many patients are on ventilators. This is a clear indication that the virus is now spreading rapidly among more vulnerable groups after initially hitting the younger and less vulnerable – pulling down the COVID-denier claim that the virus has somehow become less virulent because numbers of deaths and ICU admissions were low at the beginning of the second wave.
The RCEM also warned that the situation is so dire that yet more patients suffering other conditions are likely to be kept waiting for treatment.
The Tories’ measures so far to counteract the growth of the second wave have been utterly inadequate – and dishonestly applied. This has to change and re-closing schools must be a first measure, not a last (or never) resort – and the provisions for online learning that the government should have been building throughout the pandemic must be put in place urgently now with no further, inexcusable delays.
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