Essex declares major incident

Local authorities in Essex have declared a ‘major incident’ due to increased pressure on local health services.

They have said that significant growing demand has made them declare the fact that the county is now alerted to the problem.

The Essex Resilience Forum (ERF), which is made up of health workers, emergency services, and local authorities said that by announcing a major incident it will now enable them to seek further help from the Government.

London hospitals have also declared major incidents for the same reason.

One London hospital made the move amid fears that they would run low on oxygen due to the pandemic.

The ERF announced on Wednesday that the number of patients receiving coronavirus care has now exceeded those at the start of the pandemic and numbers are set to rise further over the next few days.

BJ Harrington, co-chair of the ERF and chief constable of Essex Police said “Declaring a major incident enables us to seek further support from the government to address the severe pressures which the health system is under because of Covid-19.

The people of Essex have been magnificent and are only dialing 999 or attending A&E in an emergency – we need this to continue because this will help protect the very limited capacity available at our hospitals.”

Executive lead for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership, Anthony McKeever, said “We are taking every action possible within the NHS and across the wider health and social care partnerships in Essex to limit the impact on the NHS and the wider health system.

This involves using critical care capacity elsewhere in Essex and the Eastern region and identifying additional locations and capacity to assist with the discharging of patients to reduce pressure on hospitals.” More than 20,000 Covid-19 patients were in hospitals in England on Monday and Tuesday which has surpassed the figure of 18,974 back in April.

On Tuesday the UK reported more than 53,000 new infections, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.


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