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NHS faces worst situation in memory, warns chief medical officerChris Whitty

Stay at
home plea:
Prof Chris
Whitty said
hospitals
could soon
see ‘real
difficulties’
NHS

THE NHS is facing the ‘most dangerous situation’ in living memory after hospital admissions for Covid reached record levels, the chief medical officer for England has said.

Prof Chris Whitty urged people to stay in as virus deaths passed 80,000.

‘Hospitals are always busy in winter but the NHS in some parts of the country is currently facing the most dangerous situation anyone can remember,’ he wrote in The Sunday Times. ‘If the virus continues on this trajectory, hospitals will be in real difficulties, and soon. Staff-to-patient ratios, already stretched, will become unacceptable even in intensive care.’

He added that jabs offer hope — but echoed other experts as he cautioned it would be weeks before they reduce hospital admissions.