Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, which represents trusts, took to Twitter to say that the health service is being “stretched like never before”.
He wrote: “NHS stretched like never before. London still showing lower hospitalisation growth. But growing concerns that the assumption the rest of country will match London pattern may be wrong. Also must recognise impact of pressure on patients and staff.”
This comes as Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that hospital admissions were “doubling around every nine days” and the UK is “experiencing the fastest growth in COVID cases we’ve ever known”.
Incidents have been declared by Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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