TThe NHS Confederation Chief has warned the government needs to urgently implement ‘plan B’ winter measures to help reduce the impact of Covid-19.
In the past Mr Johnson has said he will roll out Plan B if the measures fail to prevent ‘unsustainable pressure’ from being put on the NHS.
Plan B includes face masks in some settings, a return to work from home and potentially vaccine passports.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents the health body, said urgent action was needed to prevent the NHS from ‘stumbling into a crisis’.
Taylor told The Guardian: “We’re at the limit – and it’s mid-October. It would take an incredible chance not to find ourselves in the middle of a deep crisis over the next three months.
“The government should not only announce that we are moving to Plan B, but it should be Plan B plus. We should do what is in plan B in terms of masks …
“Work from home, but we also have to try to achieve the kind of national mobilization that we got in the first and second waves, where the public went out of their way to support and help the health services. “
The UK reported 223 Covid deaths on Tuesday – the highest figure in seven months.
The seven-day average for Covid-19 cases stands at 44,145 per day – one of the highest weekly rates of new cases reported worldwide.
Downing Street said he was monitoring the situation “very closely”.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer urged the government “to be heard more, to step up and assure the public that it has learned the lessons of the last year”.
He said Mr Johnson was showing his “characteristic complacency” in the face of growing warnings from experts.