NHS patients resort to sleeping in cars as crisis deepens

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A combination of Covid, flu, and Strep A has seen more than a dozen trusts and ambulance services declare critical incidents in recent days.

Ambulances queue outside The Royal London Hospital on January 2
Ambulances queue outside The Royal London Hospital on January 2 CREDIT: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

NHS patients are sleeping in their cars outside hospitals, as the chaos engulfing the health service is set to last until Easter.

A combination of Covid, flu, Strep A and soaring demand has seen more than a dozen trusts and ambulance services declare critical incidents in recent days.

Some 13 per cent of hospital beds in England are filled with people with Covid or flu, NHS England figures show, with the treatment backlog also at a record high of 7.2 million.

But Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service managers, said no reprieve is expected until April.

“It seems likely that the next three months will be defined by further critical incidents needing to be declared and the quality of care being compromised,” he told the Guardian.

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NHS patients resort to sleeping in cars as crisis deepens

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