Stars and Stripes stripes.com 06 Jan, 2021 16:30 am

Swamped hospitals expose depth of Britain's unfolding crisis

Swamped hospitals expose depth of Britain's unfolding crisis
If the British government's goal throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been to protect the health service, the next few weeks will be the biggest challenge yet.

If the British government's goal throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been to protect the health service, the next few weeks will be the biggest challenge yet.The British Medical Association, which represents doctors, said the National Health Service is facing a crisis as rampant infections combine with staff illness and burnout.There can be no complacency about the ability of the health service and staff to cope.Pressure on intensive care units was already severe over the holidays, with figures published in the Health Service Journal showing they were operating at more than 110% of capacity in London and the southeast of England as of late December.

Finding and deploying enough staff to carry out around 2 million vaccinations a week is no easy task and will have a big impact on the health service, said Richard Sloggett, a former special adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.HOLLIE ADAMS/BLOOMBERG Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.

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