Hospitals have, under “extreme pressure”, warned the chief executive of NHS England, that a coronovirus patient is admitted “every 30 seconds”, as the Foreign Secretary said the government’s goal is to cater to the UK’s entire adult population. The first is to give vaccination. September.
Sir Simon Stevens said that healthcare was never in a more precarious position.
Talking to bbc Andrew kill show, He said: “The facts are very clear and I am not giving them sugar: hospitals are under extreme pressure and staff are under extreme pressure.
“Since Christmas Day we have seen another 15,000 increase in inpatients in hospitals across England. This is equivalent to filling 30 hospitals filled with coronovirus patients.
“Shockingly, another patient is being hospitalized with coronavirus every 30 seconds in England.”
Pressure on the NHS has prompted three of the four ambulance crews to move to the “breaking point”, withstand low morale and call for better protective equipment, a new study by the GMB Union has shown.
“In 24 years in the ambulance service I have never seen the staff sitting at the station at the beginning of the shift so nervous (almost in tears) to go on an ambulance,” read a response.
GMB national officer Rachel Harrison said: “It can’t run – something’s got to deliver.
“Despite heroic efforts, the ambulance staff is falling ill while service collapses around them.”
“By and large 93 percent are crying out for better security. The PPE they are given is simply not fit for purpose, and is a huge factor in why the situation is so desperate. “
Another 38,598 lab-confirmed coronovirus cases were reported on Sunday, and 671 deaths occurred within 28 days of positive testing.
Dominic Rab told BBC One Andrew kill show If the ability to do so was available, blanket vaccination could have been completed earlier.
But government sources said the report of a private target by the end of June to get the job among all under-18s was “speculative”.
The government has already made a commitment to deliver the first dose of the vaccine to all over 70 elderly, elderly care homes, health and care workers, and people with severe underlying health conditions by mid-February.
But the Foreign Secretary told Marr: “There are plans to vaccinate the first 15 million most vulnerable people with the first dose by mid-February.
“We then want to get another 17 million as early as possible by spring. At that point we will put 99 percent of those at risk of dying of coronavirus who are administered with a vaccine.
“The entire adult population that we want to be introduced by September is the first job.
“This is the roadmap. We feel that we have the ability to deliver it.
“Obviously, if it can be done faster than that, then it is a bonus. The new number is right now to protect the roadmap and rollout we have seen and to protect the NHS.
Sir Simon told Marr that the health service is now vaccinating at the rate of “140 jabs a minute” and will begin testing vaccination 24/7 in some hospitals over the next 10 days.
Sir Simon said that he expected the lockdown to be gradually reduced in the spring and summer time.
He said: “It is not that on Valentine’s day, with a compulsion, we are free.
“Equally, I don’t think we’ll have to wait until autumn. I think there’s somewhere between them.”
But he warned that this prediction was subject to uncertainty around new forms of coronovirus – particularly any that showed signs of resistance to available vaccines.
Mr Raab said the government expects the lockdown restrictions to ease in early March, but said the measures would be gradually relaxed, rather than being withdrawn overnight in the wake of a big bang.
He told Sky News Sophie Ridge on Sunday: “What we want to do is get out of these national lockdowns as soon as possible.
“The roadmap that I have described is that in early March we are expected to be in a position to make those decisions.
“I think it is fair to say that we are not going to do all this in a big bang. As we exit the national lockdown, I think we will end through a phased approach.
“We want to make sure that we can do this safely. But then, we have, at this point, focused on protecting the NHS and commissioning the vaccine. If we do those two things, we reach a much better place by early spring. “
More than 3.5 million people have received their first dose of vaccine in the UK so far, and 324,000 doses of coronovirus vaccines have been administered in space for 24 hours.
Leading epidemiologist Professor Azra Ghani said that a combination of low case numbers and the weakest would be needed before vaccination to reduce the restrictions.
She told Sky: “In fact, we want to get back to the situation in the summer with relatively fewer cases than now, allowing us to actually test and detect further infections and reduce Can.
“At the same time, we’re rolling out a vaccine, of course; it’s something we haven’t done so far and this vaccine rollout is going very well.
“Will protect those who are most vulnerable to the serious consequences of this disease.
“We will need to get a balance of these two things before we start to lift the restrictions, it is very difficult to really say when that will happen.”