Posted on Mar 06, 2020
It has emerged today that half of Britain's Coronavirus suffers have been sent home, as the country's ailing National Health Service (NHS) struggles with a lack of hospital beds.
England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has admitted half of coronavirus cases in the UK are likely to occur over just three weeks, and the NHS does not have enough beds to cope with them.
The unfortunate sufferers are told to "lock themselves away from their own family and scrub down shared surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens".
This advice echoes the standard NHS advice that is routinely given to those who are lucky to see a doctor whist ill "have you tried Paracetemol?"
In theory, the sufferers will be treated at home. However, the hopeless understaffed NHS is now largely reliant on expensive agency staff to conduct home visits. This plan depends on such workers being willing to repeatedly enter the bedrooms of Coronavirus sufferers.
It also depends upon sufferers who run out of something they need not getting out of their beds to visit a shop.
The fact that this situation has been reached at the point where there has been a total of just 116 reported cases in the country so far indicates the failure of a health service in which seriously ill patients are left on trolleys, or in some cases to lay on the floor, in horrendously crowded corridors or waiting rooms, often for hours on end; these are everyday conditions in British hospitals.
The NHS website states that "The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter".
However, the reality, as reported by the BBC in November 2019, is that "Key targets for cancer, hospital care and A&E have been missed for over three years - with delays for hospital care and in A&E hitting their highest levels since both targets were introduced".
- 4.42 million patients on the waiting list at the end of September 2019, the highest number ever
- 84.8% of them waiting under 18 weeks - below the 92% target and the worst performance since the target was introduced, in 2012
- 76.9% of cancer patients starting treatment within 62 days - below the 85% target
- 83.6% of A&E patients admitted or transferred within four hours in October - below the 95% target and the worst performance since the target started was introduced, in 2004.
The NHS has failed to meet cancer care targets since December 2015, or routine care waiting time targets since February 2016. British Medical Association leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the NHS was facing a "catastrophe".
And against this backdrop the service will be expected to deal with a pandemic in which, according to a document from the National Security Communications Team, seen by the Sun newspaper, 80% of the UK's population could be contaminated with the virus, which would indicate more than 50 million cases.
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