Responding to the latest COVID-19 mortality figures published by the ONS
, Dr Layla McCay, director at the NHS Confederation, said:
“These figures show the ninth consecutive week of increases in the number of deaths from COVID-19, and the second consecutive week that the figure has surpassed 1,000, showing that the second wave has escalated. This is a stark reminder of the need for all of us to continue to abide by restrictions as far as possible to help curb the spread, reduce the risk of people becoming seriously unwell, and help keep the NHS from being overwhelmed.
“Health leaders tell us they are becoming increasingly worried about capacity to deliver some services as a result of their staff’s absence due to both sickness and self-isolation, and at the same time, about how much more their staff will be able to take. Organisations are doing all they can to support staff and make sure they’re cared for as they care for us, but they will also need understanding, patience and support from the public.
“With more promising news regarding a vaccine from Moderna, we are certainly seeing more glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. But as we start to look ahead, the NHS will need ongoing and robust support from the Government, and this will need to be reflected in the upcoming Spending Review.”