Monday, March 23, 2020

NHS hospitals likened to war zones as doctors prepare to make grim decisions

NHS staff have expressed concern about a shortfall of ventilators and correct protective personal equipment. Photograph: vm/Getty Images

NHS hospitals are in urgent need of ventilators and are approaching full capacity because of the Covid-19 outbreak, which will increasingly force doctors to make tough decisions about which patients to treat, the British Medical Association has warned.

The comments by BMA spokesman and consultant anaesthetist Tom Dolphin come as senior staff at a London hospital told the Guardian they expect beds in its intensive care unit to be full by 30 March, with one source describing its A&E unit as “like a war zone”.  Read more >>