Over the weekend we talked about a slow-motion car crash, but I think it’s getting much worse than that now.
My colleagues in London doing ward rounds, for example, report that there are problems with staff numbers on the wards, staff numbers in theatres.
And then of course if you need to go to the intensive care unit, if the intensive care unit is full of Covid patients, there’s no room for you.
So it’s a really serious situation and, obviously, the less-priority operations have already stopped in many places – hips, knees, ENT (ear nose and throat) procedures.
We’re now concerned about operations like cancer surgeries being cancelled or postponed because there just isn’t the capacity to be able to manage them.