Greater Manchester runs out of hospital beds during coronavirus, document says


Some hospitals in Greater Manchester are already full as coronavirus cases continue to rise.A leaked document warns the region is at risk of running out of hospital beds.

On Friday, hospitals in Salford, Stockport and Bolton were at full capacity, reports The Guardian.

None of the establishments had additional beds to accommodate other patients.

Before the weekend, 211 of Greater Manchester’s 257 intensive care beds, or 82% of the total supply, were in use.

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Ambulances outside Bolton A&E in Greater Manchester

In the 24 hours through Friday, 110 patients have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in the region, bringing the total to 520.

Dr Rob Harwood, Chairman of the British Medical Association Advisory Board, underlined the gravity of the situation Manchester is facing.

“These projections paint a grim picture, with the possibility, in the worst-case scenario, that some intensive care units in the city could potentially run out of beds within weeks,” he told The Guardian.

“They also suggest that the number of patient deaths could even exceed those seen during the peak of the pandemic earlier this year. ”

While NHS bosses in the region plan to open Nightingale Hospital in the city center in the coming weeks.

However, it is not known where the staff will come from as all local hospitals are currently occupied.

Over the past week, the government and local leaders in Greater Manchester have been at odds over plans to place the area in level 3 containment.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham

Mayor Andy Burnham has pushed for more financial support if pubs and restaurants are forced to close.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak reportedly told the prime minister he was ready to reopen his checkbook to “get a deal on the line” with the Labor mayor.

He is believed to be ready to offer Greater Manchester rulers tens of millions of pounds to ease the financial shock of the highest foreclosure.

But that doesn’t meet the region’s demand for the new job leave program, which offers 66% of wages, to be as generous as the 80% paid earlier this year.

Artist Peter Barber works on a mural in Manchester city center

Regional leaders called for caution as no offer has yet been put on the table by No.10 to break the deadlock.

Mr Burnham argued that although the situation is dire in Manchester, the government is exaggerating its gravity.

In the past seven days, cases in Manchester have fallen 25% from their peak rate of 583.5 cases per 100,000 on October 3.

Cases continue to climb, however, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning he would step in and impose tighter restrictions in the region as cases had “doubled in the past nine days”.

He said: “On recent trends, in just over two weeks there will be more Covid patients in intensive care than at the peak of the first wave, so I urge the mayor to reconsider and commit constructively. “


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