London's hospitals in ‘perilous position’ warns BMA, as ‘major incident’ declared

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Last reviewed: 8 January 2021

Responding to the news that Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today declared a ‘major incident’ in the capital, Dr Simon Walsh, deputy chair of the BMA consultants committee and an emergency care doctor in London, said: “The continued rise in infection rates across the capital means that our NHS is in a perilous position with many hospitals creaking at the seams.

“Over recent weeks we have seen an unprecedented surge of Covid admissions into hospitals, and with a growing backlog of patients needing non-Covid care coinciding with the winter pressures that have worsened year on year, we are now in danger of becoming overwhelmed.

“We have a depleted workforce who are exhausted but doing all they can to keep the health system running and it is therefore crucial that we urgently get the vaccine into as many healthcare workers as possible. It is also imperative that they have access to suitable protective equipment. 

“This won’t alleviate the immense workload pressure they face but will at least help to keep as many as possible on the front line, caring for patients.    

“With at least another week before we can hope to see any impact from the national lockdown, we also implore Londoners to do everything they can to drive down infection rates and help protect the NHS.

“Stay at home unless it is necessary, stick to social distancing rules, wear a facemask and wash your hands regularly.”

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