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NHS London chief warns of ‘continuous tsunami’ of coronavirus patients

by LLB Reporter
26th Mar 20 12:03 pm

An NHS chief has warned on Thursday that hospitals across London are facing a “continuous tsunami” of seriously sick patients with coronavirus.

The NHS have been overstretched the last few years and are struggling to cope as they have an “explosion of demand” by the large number of coronavirus cases in London.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, “They [London hospitals] are struggling with two things. The first is the explosion of demand they are seeing in seriously ill patients.

“They talk about wave after wave after wave, the word that’s often used to me is a continuous tsunami.

“We are now seeing 30%, 40% and indeed in some places 50% sickness rates as staff catch the virus or are in vulnerable groups or have to self-isolate.

“That’s an unprecedented absence rate.

“So, what we have got is a really wicked combination, trusts trying to deal with a lot more demand than they have ever had before with a lot fewer staff than they have had before.”

Despite the extra capacity of beds being bought in, Hopson expressed serious concerns that the beds will fill up “very, very quickly.”

The number of UK cases have now soared to 9,529 on Wednesday, with the death toll rising by 43, taking the total to 465, with more cases located in London.

More than one third of the deaths within the UK have been in London, with figures reaching almost 170 by Thursday and over 2,000 patients with coronavirus.

An NHS doctor who has developed coronavirus symptoms has issued a dire warning that the NHS is “heading into the abyss.”

Dr Jess Potter, an NHS respiratory specialist at an intensive care unit in London has said she cannot be tested, despite being frontline as the government are ignoring the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Potter was asked to see a patient who was infected soon afterwards developed a new and persistent cough.

She warned “right now if feels like we are heading into the abyss.”

A senior NHS doctor has expressed his fears that staff could be passing on the coronavirus to patients as they are not being provided with tests.

The doctor wrote about his experiences and said there is “little we can do” and victims are dying in front of his eyes.

It has been revealed that there is a huge shortage of protective equipment for medical staff and they are not tested unless they show symptoms.

He warned that not everyone shows symptoms immediately but can still be carriers and fears “as a doctor could be a silent killer” passing on coronavirus to patients.

Labour MP and GP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan gave a chilling warning that coronavirus has spread to patients as young as 30 and they are now fighting for their lives.

After working a weekend shift at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, coronavirus cases are rapidly growing across the capital, said Dr Allin-Khan

She further warned the UK is heading for a disaster.

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