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NHS officials in the United Kingdom claim their flu epidemic is so bad, they’ve had to cancel all non-urgent medical procedures. This will result in nearly 50,000 operations being canceled. This all being due to claims that patients are now being treated in “third world” conditions due to resources being overwhelmed with a flu crisis.
Flu shots have notably been considered a failure this year, with success rates only being confirmed at a maximum of 10 percent. The flu shot’s perceived ability to stop the flu could also be a contributing factor to the further spreading of the flu due to people taking less precautions, or adhering to fewer natural prevention methods such as diet and cleanliness.
The country’s socialized medical system is under so much duress that sick people are facing horrific 12-hour waits. Some hospitals can’t even provide the space anymore.
NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, sent the order on Tuesday that cut off the 50k non-urgent operations. They’ve also closed outpatient clinics for up to a week. Male and female patients are also being combined in sectors commonly reserved for each gender to preserve privacy.
Even before the spike in flu cases, the UK’s socialized medical system was in disarray and near a breaking point.
As reported by The Telegraph
By Tuesday night 12 NHS trusts – including two ambulance services covering almost nine million people – had declared they had reached the maximum state of emergency.
One ambulance trust resorted to taxis to ferry patients to hospital, while another asked patients to find a family member to get them to hospital, with paramedics stuck outside A&E units in record numbers.
Health officials said pressures on the NHS were expected to continue to rise, with flu levels surging.
Sir Bruce said: “I want to thank NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard under sustained pressure to take care of patients over the Christmas. We expect these pressures to continue and there are early signs of increased flu prevalence.
“The NHS needs to take further action to increase capacity and minimise disruptive last-minute cancellations.”
The North East Ambulance Service has declared a state of alert following the chaos. Some patients who call in for an ambulance are being asked if they can find another way. East of England Ambulance Service is commonly sending taxis now. At Royal College of Emergency Medicine, over 80% of all patients were waiting more than four hours for services.
Ten hospitals are also under what is called a “black alert.” This means they’ve deployed the nearest highest version of emergency protocols. The following hospitals are now under such alert.
- Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS
- Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Of Leicester
- Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals
- Taunton & Somerset Foundation Trust
- Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust
- Royal United Hospitals Bath
Some hospitals won’t disclose the sheer magnitude of chaos and stress they are under, claiming NHS officials have banned them from doing so.