Hospitals said they must end ‘catastrophic’ ambulance waits before expected winter wave – .

Hospitals said they must end ‘catastrophic’ ambulance waits before expected winter wave – .

Vaccinations in the United Kingdom against Covid-19: the latest figures

Hospitals have been ordered to immediately end “catastrophic” delays in ambulance handovers that have proved fatal in at least one case, before a dreaded winter wave of coronavirus sets in.

NHS England (NHSE) warned people were dying before paramedics could reach them, as overwhelming pressure on hospitals meant paramedics were stuck waiting outside A&E departments, unable to hand over patients that they already had.

Hospitals will now be required to file daily reports to “provide a clearer picture of capacity and help us respond to the demand impact of new waves of Covid-19,” NHSE’s Mark Cubbon told bosses.


Covid restrictions return in parts of China

Parts of northeast China where Covid-19 has broken out again have declared a “pre-war” model of antiviral vigilance, with further restrictions on movement.
China reported 23 locally transmitted symptomatic cases on Wednesday, official data showed on Thursday, up from 50 a day earlier. This brought the total number to 270 since October 17, when the current epidemic began.
Although the numbers are small compared to clusters of infections in other countries, they are widespread and a zero tolerance policy is in place, which means local authorities have been forced to restrict travel and gatherings. public.
For example, the city of Heihe in northeastern Heilongjiang province, which shares a border with Russia, detected one confirmed local infection and three asymptomatic cases on October 27.
The city of 1.3 million people has demanded the suspension of manufacturing and business operations in urban areas, except for essential activities.
It banned people and vehicles from these urban areas from exiting and suspended entry into the areas for non-essential reasons via public roads, while stopping bus and taxi services.
Additional Reuters Reports
Jon SharmanOctober 28, 2021 8:47 AM

The situation in the United Kingdom is “uncertain”, according to Patrick Vallance

The UK remains in a “very uncertain phase” of the coronavirus pandemic and must be prepared to crack down in order to reduce the spread of the virus, according to the government’s chief scientific adviser.
Patrick Vallance told BBC Radio 4 Today: “There is considerable uncertainty in which direction this is going.
“It is wrong to think that the build-up of immunity is all or nothing – it’s some kind of protective barrier that will reduce the spread of the virus, so we have to watch this closely over the weeks and months to come.” to come. “
He added: “You absolutely have to be ready [for ‘plan B’] and as soon as you start to think, “Am I or won’t I?” It seems close, ”is the time you need to overcome your natural reluctance to do it and do it.
“This is obviously something the government will have to consider carefully, but we must be prepared to act quickly if it happens. “
Jon SharmanOctober 28, 2021 8:37 AM

Hospitals demanded to stop ‘catastrophic’ ambulance delays as patients die in queues

Hospitals across England have been ordered to ‘immediately stop all delays’ for ambulances piling up outside A&E units to hand over patients, as an ambulance trust warned the problem had reached “catastrophic” levels, writing Shaun Lintern.
The message from NHS England director of operations Mark Cubbon was sent to executives on Tuesday evening after it emerged that a patient had died while waiting more than an hour in the back of an ambulance in front of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
At a West Midlands Ambulance Service board meeting on Wednesday, nursing director Mark Docherty told bosses patients were dying before paramedics could reach them due to delays at hospitals.
Jon SharmanOctober 28, 2021 8:27 AM


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