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Hospitals approach “critical point” as millions wait for routine treatment – BBC News

The damage being done to many hospital services in England by the coronavirus pandemic is revealed in new NHS figures.

More than 4 million patients are now waiting for routine surgery and treatments, nearly half of whom have been waiting for longer than 18 weeks, the official maximum target.

Meanwhile more than 110,000 people in England have been waiting for treatment for more than a year.

Doctors and patients’ groups are warning that a second wave of the pandemic, especially during the winter months, could make things even worse. Hospital admission for Covid have doubled in the past two weeks.

The health minister Nadine Dorries has warned that within 10 days hospitals in England could be at a “critical” point.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym and health correspondent Lauren Moss.

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    Second only to my hatred of the Government. The BBC

    CANCEL YOUR TV Licence save £150 every year. A licence is only needed to watch or record LIVE TV and use BBC iPlayer.

    It is NOT needed to use catch up services, DVDs and Netflix

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    Critical point 😱why did the nurses forget their tick Tock routine 😬#Defundthebbc People need to film the empty hospitals,while people are dying of all other known illnesses at home.

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    “The damage being done.” .. paused it there, the damage is being done by the media spreading misinformation and the general public lacking the ability to critically analyse. https://gbdeclaration.org/ Seriously people the amount of you that wilfully just believe the first thing told to you is scary! Some of the “conspiracy theories” may be farfetched but you’re all intelligent enough to know that you should always cross reference what you’re told. You’re all better than this.

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    Али ибни Толиб

    Armenia puppets of Russia
    https://youtu.be/30L4oojynZo

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    Hospitals were closed in February so you parasites could push your plandemic scam reset!

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    Treasonous criminals pushing their scamdemic reset!
    Ya'll will be swinging in the wind soon enough!!

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    pineapplesareyummy

    The UK needs to bite the bullet and shut down for a few weeks NOW to avoid even worse damage and disruption later. When Australia had an outbreak in Melbourne, they quickly placed the city on lock down for six weeks. Now, they've crushed it, and they can be reopened safely again. Next door, New Zealand has zero community cases and they are back to Level 1 alert and fully opened. This isn't a choice between health and economy. Until you crush Covid, you can't come back to normal. The UK even has the island advantage! Bite the bullet, enforce a harsh lock down like Australia or Italy or China, and get it done once and for all.

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    Scamdemic!
    Time to remove these treasonous criminals by force!!

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    plz bring down the lockdown around the country plz this will get worse and worse

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    Mobbdeepak McMacaveli Shakoor

    Bilderbeg member Billionaire “philanthropist” and founder of CNN Robert Edward Turner III aka Bill turner wants to reduce the population by 2 billion and introduce a one child policy.
    https://youtu.be/27AgLwUyGRg

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    Don't worry people just keep smoking and drinking to your hearts content.

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    Silver Oak Law Chambers

    https://youtu.be/fp1fyhpVxDA
    Must watch

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    “This is our intensive care unit” haha it’s so bad there’s an intensive care room vacant and time for a interview right in the centre of it. Really justifies killing the economy so 90yr olds don’t get omitted

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    Tony 'the phony' Blair

    Con vid started just a couple of months after Event 201 took place, Event 201 was a CORONAVIRUS pandemic preparedness exercise. Fancy that ay, a CORONAVIRUS preparedness excercise takes place just before an actual coronavirus outbreak, if you ask me that's highly suspect, “but these exercises take place all the time, it's just a coincidence” the 77th brigade trolls and the gullible say, hmm okay then if you say so.😂

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    You people commenting here, you kept the political party that dismantles the NHS for OVER 10 YEARS, you won't get a job working for the chronically understaffed NHS, you want to stop immigrants working for the NHS, you sue the NHS for 2/3 of its annual budget, and you are surprised it's breaking down? You have only yourselves to blame.

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    Elyse Rojas Claire Heath

    Very happy 😍💋 💝💖♥️❤️

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    'Shouldn't it be 'injuries to patients' and not the a-patient 'damage to services'.

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    @clara edwards. Theres nothing to say that PARTS of it will benets cant be privateisedas long as government remsins in control. Out here its means tested-if you earn over a certain amount and you dont have private health insurance you will pay more on medicare ! But you dont need to private insurance and it is left up to the choice of the indidual. The 2 systems seem to work well together.
    Some years ago i suffered dense stroke. I was yreated as a public patient in the public system and i could not fault the care. My family who flew out after it happened were VERY impressed. I have so say however that most health systems around the world are experiening their own challenges.

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    Wait wtf is a news camera and crew doing in the hospital in the middle of a pandemic. This is crazy. It's like they are just trying to put on a show. What kind of professional doesn't tell them that this isn't the time for a whole news crew in the hospital as patients are being seen.😡🤬😡🤬

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    10:43 has the best 😍💋 💝💖❤️

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    陳芝麻鮮穀子

    Relative to the US, the UK is doing very well!😄https://youtu.be/t5vbkDJSSRo

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    Question Everything — Thought Provoking Ideas

    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
    ― Plato

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    I need boyfriend 💋💋💋💋💋💞💞💞💞

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    LAST CALL TO BOARD THE THE ARK OF SALVATION BY GRACE. DO NOT DELAY TO ENTER YOUR SOUL THEREIN. THE ARK IS ABOUT TO BE LIFTED UP ABOVE THE FLOOD WATERS OF GREAT DESTRUCTION !
    { Romans 10:9-13 } ~Maranatha~
    THE WAY…https://youtu.be/txL8uFtNZs4

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