Hospitals battle coronavirus outbreaks as workforce shortages drive cancellation fears

The Independent reports that across the north, hospitals are battling rising numbers of Covid-19 outbreaks that are spreading on their wards, but at the same time they are having to juggle staff shortages and increasing numbers of patients being admitted with the virus.

Mounting pressure has already led to some hospitals warning they will be forced to cancel routine surgeries with others now redeploying nurses and doctors to cope with the second wave surge.

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is looking after more than 250 patients with Covid-19 with Councillor Paul Brant, the city’s cabinet member for health, saying the trust’s intensive care beds were 90 per cent full.
Full story in The Independent, 14 October 2020