NHS chief warns hospitals could face ‘one of the most challenging winters on record’
The i says the NHS is heading into “one of its most challenging winters”, with Covid-19, waiting lists and staffing issues increasing fears that it will be pushed beyond capacity, a leading health service chief has told i.
The warning comes after i revealed on Monday that the Government has contingency plans for an October half-term “firebreak” lockdown should NHS hospital admissions threaten to breach capacity in the coming weeks.
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers – the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England – said that on top of Covid-19 admissions and record NHS waiting list of 5.45 million people, the NHS was expecting high levels of flu and of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among children in the coming months.
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