'No data available' on whether people are in hospital because of Covid

“There are no data” on whether 25,000 people with Covid-19 and were hospitalized for their coronavirus symptoms or other health reasons, the chairman of the British Medical Association said.

Dr. Chaand Nagpaul said there was concern about a “significant increase” in people hospitalized with coronavirus – but he did not know if they were hospitalized for their coronavirus symptoms rather than any other health reason

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “What is worrying is that we are seeing a significant increase in the number of people in hospitals.

“In fact, the number of people admitted and the number of patients in the hospital has been as high since yesterday as it was during the lockdown at the beginning of this year in spring, in February / March.

“That is a considerable number now and it continues to grow. So while the proportion of people who end up in hospitals because of Omicron is smaller, we are definitely seeing a significant increase. “

Dr. Nagpaul said 25,000 patients with Covid-19 were enrolled in a four-week period before Christmas, arguing that those new admissions prevented treatment for the six million people on the NHS waiting list.

When asked whether these 25,000 people were hospitalized for their coronavirus symptoms rather than other health reasons and “happened to have Covid,” he replied, “That’s a very good question and, in fact, that’s data I don’t have and data “. It’s really important to be made available because I totally agree we have to differentiate between the two. “

Earlier this week, Matthew Taylor, chairman of the board of directors of the NHS Confederation, said many people with Covid are actually not being admitted to the hospital because of the virus.

Azeem Majeed, director of primary care and public health at Imperial College London, said hospital admissions had increased.

He said, “It’s quite a challenge. For the past week or so we’ve seen an increase in hospital admissions – now 11,000 a day across England, which is a pretty big increase from a week or two ago.

“This was combined with staff shortages because so many employees were unwell because of Covid … so we have this double pressure from increasing admission rates through Covid-19 and staff who are sick and temporarily not at work.”

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