London’s hospitals are less than two weeks away from being overwhelmed, even in the “best case” scenario, according to an official NHS England briefing leaked to the Health Service Journal today.
The worrying analysis was laid out by the London Region of NHS England’s medical director, Vin Diwakar, as he addressed the medical directors of London’s hospital trusts over Zoom.
In London, half of all hospital beds are now taken up by Covid patients. There are 720 spare “general & acute” NHS beds and just 46 spare intensive care beds left in the capital.
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