Covid doctors ‘forced to choose younger patients over the elderly’ as rate rises

Doctors have spoken out over the difficult decisions they have been forced to make as hospitals become more crowded as the coronavirus infection rate continues to rise.

It comes just days after London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" across the Capital following a dramatic increase in deaths relating to the virus.

Medical staff are now faced with the decision of prioritising the treatment of patients who they believe have a better chance of survival, rather than the elderly.

Staff now face the uncertainty of the NHS being "unable to cope" as hospital admissions continue to grow.

Dr Katharina Hauck who works in the faculty of medicine at Imperial College London says that hospitals in London are now in a dangerous predicament.

She told the Daily Mail: "Sadly, some hospitals are now forced to follow emergency triage of all patients requiring critical care.

"Applying this guidance effectively means that patients under the age of 65 who are not frail will be prioritised over elderly and frailer patients for critical care. Frail patients would be cared for in general wards with less intensive care."

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In recent weeks, hospitals across the nation have felt more pressure following the discovery of a more transmittable strain of coronavirus, with Boris Johnson implementing another national lockdown in a bid to stop the spread.

Officials claim that the lockdown is not going to be as effective and could potentially be expended past March, a year since the first national lockdown was put into place.

The nation is currently in the process of a mass roll-out of coronavirus vaccines, with officials predicting that around 2 million people per week will be administered the first dose of the vaccination.

The Office For National Statistics believes that around one in 50 people in England had Covid over the Christmas period, while one in 30 people in London had contracted the virus.

Yesterday, 1,035 people died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, making it the fourth day with over 1,000 deaths in just one day.

Now, it's estimated that over 80,000 people have died from the virus since the first outbreak in March 2020.

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