NHS England chief advises lowering Covid alert level

The executive director of NHS England has announced that the health service is falling from level 4 to level 3.

Sir Simon Stevens made the recommendation to the Board of NHS England.

Sir Simon said the emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) health service coronavirus alert should be lowered from four to three due to “reduced acute pressure on the health service”.

During the NHS England board meeting, Stevens said, “We had over 34,000 seriously ill coronavirus patients in our hospitals in mid-January.

“That number is now 4,000, and while this is still about 400 more Covid patients than the same day a year ago, the very sharp decline in the number of patients with Covid in the hospital is a result of the two declining infection rates across the hospital Community and the effects that are now being felt from the vaccination program.

“With the acute pressure on the healthcare system greatly reduced, today I recommend lowering the national healthcare alert level – the EPRR alert level – from level four to level three, and that would take effect today. ”

The NHS returned to Incident Level 4 last November as part of its response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

At the time, Professor Keith Willett, NHS National Director for Contingency Planning and Incident Response, said, “In response to the rise in coronavirus infections, the government and parliament today adopted another set of national COVID measures.

“The NHS also sees increased COVID demand in our hospitals, which is expected to intensify in the coming weeks.

“NHS Director General Sir Simon Stevens has therefore announced today that the health service in England will return to the highest level of emergency preparedness, Incident Level 4, at 12:01 am tomorrow, November 5th.”

NHS England figures today showed that an estimated 98.3% of NHS frontline workers in England had received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by March 21.

NHS England also announced it would accelerate the provision of surgeries and other non-urgent services as part of a £ 8.1 billion plan to help healthcare providers restore all patient services after the intense winter wave of Covid.


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