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Matthew Taylor, Head of Confederation for the NHS, has warned that England faces a “health emergency” amid the surge in Omicron infections.
Speaking to Sky News, he said “things are always pretty intense in the NHS in the winter”, with the NHS typically reaching peak demand in mid-January.
However, a delayed treatment backlog has added to routine pressures.
He explained: “You then add the coronavirus, and what we’ve seen over the past two weeks is a doubling of the number of people hospitalized.
‘Then you added the fourth element, which was the very high levels of staff absences because of course NHS staff are contracting this virus as well.
“You put all of these factors together and you find yourself in a situation where, as we have seen in the last few days, a number of hospitals have to announce that they are going to have to cancel any visitors to the hospital.
“This is something that NHS managers really don’t want to have to do, so if they do it tells you something about the pressures they are under.
“And we’ve seen the government announce the creation of eight surge sites around hospitals to deal with a demand that cannot be handled in the hospital with the ability to do a lot more.
“So I don’t think anyone is denying that we are in anything other than a health emergency.”