As England went into a new national lockdown this week, Boris Johnson’s insistence that the drastic step was necessary to protect the NHS was underlined by the announcement that one of the country’s biggest hospitals had cancelled all non-urgent operations, due in part to a rise in Covid-19 admissions.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham cited “the significant increase in the number of very sick patients (Covid and non-Covid) admitted to our hospitals as an emergency”. Gynaecology procedures at the nearby Good Hope Hospital had also been halted, it said.
After the prime minister’s warning that hospitals were struggling to cope with the second wave of the virus, will others have to follow suit and what would it mean for patients?
Just how full are England’s hospitals?
Simon Stevens, head of the NHS in England, underlined the seriousness of the situation earlier in the week when he said the equivalent of 22 hospitals-worth of patients with Covid-19 were…
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