The NHS went on high alert Thursday as hospitals struggle to cope with the rising number of Covid-19 patients in need of care.
Chris Hopson, executive director of NHS Providers, which serves hospital and foundation trusts in England, warned, “This is no longer a normal business for the NHS.”
At the BBC breakfast, he said, “This number of patients we see and the level of national coordination means we really need to move up a gear to make sure this is all managed effectively.”
But he added, “This is more of an administrative action by the NHS behind the scenes so that patients don’t notice the difference.”
Urging the patient to come forward, Mr. Hopson said, “The only way we can help is if you call. Help us to help you. “
The head of the body representing hospital trusts in England has urged the public to abide by the new lockdown measures.
Chris Hopson, executive director of NHS Providers, said, “If we continue to see the increase in the number of patients we are currently seeing, we will not be able to care for everyone the way we want, especially winter.”
The NHS hit its highest alert on Thursday to keep patient numbers under control.
Mr Hopson told BBC Breakfast that following the latest lockdown rules is also important to help the NHS restore some of the backlogs built up from the peak of the virus.
He said Liverpool hospitals were almost on the verge of reducing cancer surgeries to deal with Covid-19.
Mr Hopson said, “The whole point (with a level 4 alarm) is that the NHS structure came into action very quickly and these patients were moved to other hospitals in nearby areas.”