HSJ reports Frantic action to stop London ‘running out of beds in four days’

The Health Service Journal reports that details of a massive increase in intensive care beds have been circulated to NHS bosses in London, which comes as they note that there are concerns from national leaders that they are “four days away from full capacity.”

HSJ reported details of a conference call with local NHS leaders and the NHS’ national director for mental health, Claire Murdoch, in which she spoke about the intense pressures facing the acute system due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to several people on the call, she said London “runs out of [ICU] beds in four days” if urgent action is not taken. She also warned the need for intensive care beds will now double every three days, the sources said.

Full story in the HSJ, 24 March 2020