OUR health system is dangling over an abyss now with no safety net.
We wish we could sugar-coat it — but the NHS’s plight has never been more terrifying even in its bleakest winters.
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As Covid cases increase, exhausted and traumatised staff are struggling to cope with the influx
Exhausted and traumatised staff are struggling to cope as hospitals overflow with the relentless influx.
There are 30,000 Covid admissions, 50 per cent more than in April.
An entire hospital’s worth joins London’s toll every day.
It’s not just routine operations being cancelled now to free up space. It’s urgent cancer surgery.
The Nightingale hospitals can only be deployed if staff are available to run them.
Care home beds could be block-booked as an overflow.
But imagine the danger that could pose to residents and staff.
The NHS could yet be overwhelmed before the vaccine rollout has had a chance to halt the inexorable rise in hospitalisations.
What can we all do?
The NHS is being engulfed by an ordeal unprecedented in its grimness . . . and we must not make it worse.
Great jab job
WE are delighted to welcome the many huge firms, with 500,000 staff, flocking to sign up to the Sun Jabs Army campaign.
If only a fraction of their workers commit, we will be able to supply the 50,000 volunteers required to ensure the nationwide vaccine rollout goes smoothly.
Army Brigadier Phil Prosser is now in charge of the logistics of the vaccination programmeCredit: AP:Associated Press
Our total is 22,000 already and we thank every one of them.
Some 1.5million jabs have now been done.
That is a great effort, far more than the EU and most other nations.
Yes, there are teething troubles and progress is still too slow.
He doesn’t look or sound like a bloke who considers failure an option.
Help ’em, Rishi
But one group has fallen through the cracks.
Rishi Sunak is considering paying up to 80 per cent of three months’ lost profits of small businessesCredit: Reuters
Up to a million small business owners who pay themselves, entirely legitimately, in dividends have lost out despite being unable to trade.
Most aren’t rich.
They include plumbers and jobbing musicians.
So we welcome Rishi Sunak considering paying up to 80 per cent of three months’ lost profits, all verifiable via tax returns.
It’s only fair they too are rescued financially from the same curbs that shut down much of the rest of the workforce.
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