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If Nightingale hospitals are forced into service, will the NHS collapse under the strain?

Simon Stevens: He’s in charge of the NHS but the Tories have never given him the money to run it properly. Now that lack of funding may trigger its collapse.

Who do you think is more horrified that the so-called Nightingale hospitals might actually have to be pressed into service? The Tory government or NHS bosses who simply don’t have the resources to staff, let alone equip them?

Nightingales across the country currently stand empty, despite the fact that the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK has skyrocketed beyond the height of the virus’s first wave.

Apparently the NHS has been told to prepare the Nightingales for us in the next few weeks, but problems are likely:

According to Metro,

Despite this huge surge in patients, the majority of the seven emergency Nightingale hospitals lay empty and have not yet started treating people with coronavirus in the second wave.

The facilities cost the Government a total of £220 million to build, but the Telegraph reports they have been left mostly empty as there are not enough staff to run them.

Only the Exeter Nightingale Hospital has been used since mid-November.

Some NHS trusts have however reportedly been told to ‘begin planning’ for the use of Nightingale hospitals.

Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said this was ‘extremely worrying’ and said ‘systems will again be stretched to the limit’.

They really were an expensive waste of money, weren’t they?

Built just for show – to reassure people that Boris Johnson’s Tories were doing something positive about Covid-19 back in the spring, when they really weren’t.

Now the Tories are facing the possibility of having to press them into service after all.

The finding of Operation Cygnus – the Tories’ own test-run to see how the UK would fare in a pandemic situation – was that the NHS would collapse under the strain.

That must be weighing heavily on a lot of minds right now.

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Why didn’t Matt Hancock send vulnerable Covid-19 sufferers to Nightingale hospitals rather than care homes?

Care: even the image I’ve been using emphasises the impossibility of social distancing in this context.

It’s a simple enough question.

The London Nightingale hospital opened on April 4 – that’s not such a long time to let a person (who is ill, remember) stay in hospital, is it?

The Nightingale hospitals were provided with facilities specifically for sufferers of Covid-19.

But instead, elderly and vulnerable people were carted off to care homes that did not have such facilities, there to infect many of their fellow residents – along with some staff .

These staff, in turn, moved on to other care homes, where they infected more people who would not have caught the disease if people who had been receiving treatment in hospital had not been shifted out, on the orders of the Conservative government.

The whole situation triggered a spike in excess deaths of at least 31 per cent.

Put that way, the decision looks more like a plan, doesn’t it?

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