Boris Johnson has announced £300million of extra funding for NHS hospitals to Covid-proof their facilities and get services up and running in time for winter.
The Prime Minister said it is essential that anyone who needs emergency treatment should go to hospital and they can be confident they would not catch coronavirus.
‘Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of NHS staff throughout the pandemic, our A&Es have remained open for the public,’ he said.
‘It’s vital that those who need emergency treatment this winter access it, and for those who remain concerned about visiting hospitals, let me assure you that the NHS has measures in place to keep people safe.’
His comments come after it was revealed that three in 10 adults would not feel comfortable attending A&E for urgent care if they needed it.
The survey, done by the Office for National Statistics, found that a fifth of respondents (21 per cent) would feel uncomfortable attending.
Another eight per cent admitted they would be ‘very uncomfortable’, according to the results of the poll.
And 14 per cent said they wouldn’t feel comfortable seeing any healthcare professional in person.
Boris Johnson has urged Brits not to shun A&E as he announced a £300million upgrade of hospital facilities
The Prime Minister visits Hereford County Hospital today as he announces £300m will go towards hospitals to Covid-proof their facilities
Mr Johnson speaks to staff at Hereford County Hospital today as he announces the new hospital funding
Which 10 NHS trusts will get the most money?
1.) Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – £9million
2.) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust – £6,997,000
3.) Barts Health NHS Trust – £6,410,000
4.) Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – £6,100,000
5.) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £6,054,000
6.) Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – £5,389,000
7.) Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £4,888,000
8.) Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – £4,861,000
9.) Mid And South Essex NHS Foundation Trust – £4,838,000
10.) Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust – £4,520,000
Mr Johnson said the additional £300million would enable hospitals to maintain essential services and reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection during the coming months.
The funding comes from a £1.5billion capital building allocation for the NHS set out by Mr Johnson in June.
Trusts across the Midlands will see a whopping £50million in funding while ones across the North East and Yorkshire will see £53million.
The single trust to receive the most money is the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust with a staggering £9million.
Hospitals could use the new funding to expand waiting areas in A&Es and increase the number of treatment cubicles available which would help to boost capacity and reduce overcrowding.
The reduction in overcrowding would then help infection control measures.
Hospitals could also increase the amount of same day emergency care and improve patient flow to help the NHS respond to winter pressures and the risks of a second wave.
Some 117 trusts will benefit from the additional funding, including: Southampton which will see £9million in funding, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust which will get £7million and Barts Health NHS Trust which will get £6.4million.
Mother-of-three, 36, is diagnosed with incurable cancer after she held off going to the doctor for a stomach ache during lockdown because she ‘didn’t want to waste their time’
Johanna William, 36, from Burton, Staffordshire, suffered abdomen pains in April but did not see her GP because she knew the NHS was ‘overwhelmed’ by the coronavirus and ‘didn’t want to waste their time’.
A CT scan in early June confirmed the chef had two tumours in her adrenal gland spreading to her liver, kidney and spleen – stage four incurable cancer.
Ms William said: ‘I didn’t want to waste the doctors’ time for a tummy ache, the NHS had so much going on.
‘In June the pain got so bad I went to the hospital. Originally they thought they were two cysts but after the radiologists had a look at them they confirmed they were two tumours.
‘I had to wait a week to hear back from the oncology specialist- it was a very long week.
‘I was in shock, it never crossed my mind, a stomach ache could have been cancer. I was thinking I might have eaten the wrong thing or maybe I have an intolerance to dairy or something like that.’
Officials said the projects would all be completed by the start of 2021 so hospitals would benefit from the upgrades during the peak months of winter.
Mr Johnson said: ‘These upgrades will help our fantastic NHS prepare for the winter months, helping them to deliver essential services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.’
It comes after new government figures revealed that lockdown killed two people for every three that died of coronavirus.
It is thought that as many as 16,000 people died because they didn’t get medical care between March 23 and May 1.
In the same period, 25,000 Britons died of the virus.
The new figures were presented to the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in the middle of July.
They were calculated by the Department of Health, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Government Actuary’s Department and the Home Office.
The 16,000 people who died included 6,000 who didn’t go to A&E during lockdown because they feared catching the virus.
Another 10,000 people are thought to have died in care homes after early discharge from hospital and a lack of access to care.
A further 26,000 people could die by next month because of the restrictions, while in total 81,500 people could lose their lives in the next 50 years because of the virus.
This would be through waiting longer for non-urgent care and due to the impact of the recession caused by the pandemic.
It comes after a district nurse warned that people suffering from treatable cancers will end up dying because of Government ‘scaremongering’ and an over-cautious reduction of NHS services.
In more bad news, the next five years could see 1,400 people die because they were diagnosed with cancer too late.
An earlier report by the same team suggested deaths caused by delayed care amid the virus they could be as high as 185,000.
Number of NHS patients admitted for routine ops drops 82 per cent in a year: The number of patients admitted plummeted to 54,550 in May this year, the lowest ever one record and a drop from 295,881 in May 2019
NHS figures show that 106,535 urgent cancer referrals were made by GPs in England in May 2020, 47 per cent down from 200,599 in May 2019
The Government’s report, published in April but largely overlooked until now, found the great majority of the deaths would be attributed to an extended wait for treatment in the longer term.
But up to 25,000 deaths would have come in the first six months because of healthcare delays, according to experts at the Department of Health and Social Care, Office for National Statistics, Government Actuary’s Department and the Home Office.
5,000 HEART ATTACK SUFFERERS ‘MISSED OUT ON LIFE-SAVING CARE BECAUSE OF COVID-19’
Five-thousands heart attack sufferers in England missed out on life-saving hospital treatment due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a study claimed just weeks ago.
Researchers analysed NHS hospital data to show that around the peak of the crisis, in late March, admissions were 35 per cent lower than usual.
Up to a quarter of people who suffered the most severe heart attack — a complete blockage of an artery — did not seek help, figures suggest.
Admissions are now picking back up again because the coronavirus is fizzling out, according to researchers at the University of Oxford.
But patient confidence is nowhere near pre-Covid levels as Brits still fear catching the coronavirus if they go to hospital.
Experts warned the risk of death from delaying heart attack treatment is higher than picking up Covid-19 at hospital.
The figures equate to nearly one million years of life lost unnecessarily, in the worst-case scenario outlined in the report.
And the University of Oxford discovered just weeks ago that 5,000 fewer heart attack patients had attended hospital between March and May.
The report said: ‘Suspending “non-urgent” care is expected to have a short-term health impact in itself, since patients not receiving treatment will have reduced quality of life whilst not receiving these healthcare services.
‘In the longer term their condition is likely to deteriorate without treatment and some could die earlier than otherwise.
‘Cutting screening, prevention services and primary care services will mean that life-threatening diseases will go undetected and hence untreated, resulting in more avoidable deaths.’
It added that the longer services are de-prioritised, the bigger the impact it will have on the nation’s health.
The estimates were based on 75 per cent of elective care being cancelled over six months without a swift return to normality.
In more positive news, it is estimated 2,500 deaths could have been prevented because of the lockdown.
While people were restricted, they led healthier lifestyles, while there were fewer infectious diseases in children, a fall in air pollution and a decrease in road deaths
The new report is the latest to highlight the impact the lockdown has had on Britons, amid suggestions of another national lockdown in the winter during a potential second wave.
Medical organisations have consistently warned of the long term dangers of lockdown and of focusing so much of the NHS on coronavirus.
Professor Neil Mortensen, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, warned that the health service ‘must never again be a coronavirus-only service’.
He told the Telegraph: ‘We have to deal first with the most clinically urgent patients, and then as soon as possible with those who have been waiting the longest.
‘The period through August and September is vitally important in making progress before routine winter pressures emerge.
The coronavirus reproduction rate could now be as high as one right across the UK after rising slightly in the last week, the Government’s scientific advisers warned today amid fears the virus is making a resurgence.
SAGE estimates the R value – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – is now between 0.8 and 1.0, up from last week’s prediction that it was hovering around 0.8 and 0.9. Experts say the R needs to stay below one or Governments risk losing control of the epidemic and the virus could spiral back out of control.
England as a whole has remained the same at 0.8 to 1.0, but the R rose in Scotland (0.6 and 1.0), Wales (0.7 and 1.0), Northern Ireland (0.8 and 1.8), London (0.8 and 1.1), the North East and Yorkshire (0.8 and 1.0), and in the Midlands (0.8 and 1.0). The East of England is the only region in the entire UK where scientists can say with certainty that the R is below one.
SAGE said it was now ‘starting to see early indications that’ coronavirus was on the rise, which has fuelled fears that a second wave of the virus is making its way through the country.
But it warned that when transmission is as low as it currently is in the UK – less than 1,000 people are being diagnosed every day – the R is more volatile. This means it can be skewed upwards by local clusters of infections, which has been seen in Aberdeen in Scotland and in swathes of the North West of England.
NHS MUST NOT SHUT DOWN NORMAL CARE THIS WINTER, TOP MEDICS SAY
Tens of thousands of patients may die if the NHS shuts down normal care during a second coronavirus wave, leading medics warned today.
Health service bosses are being urged not to leave non-virus patients ‘stranded and in pain’ once again after cancelling millions of appointments during the first epidemic.
In early March the NHS told hospitals to scrap as many operations as possible and turf out patients on their wards to make way for an influx of Covid-19 patients.
The move was successful and hospitals were not overwhelmed by the effects of the virus. But cancer charities fear tens of thousands more patients will die in the next year because they had their tumours diagnosed too late or missed completely.
Official figures show that 12,000 more people than average died in England during lockdown from illnesses unrelated to Covid, including heart attacks and strokes.
Professor Neil Mortensen, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said the NHS ‘must never again be a Covid-only service’.
He told the Guardian: ‘There is a duty to the thousands of patients waiting in need and in pain to make sure they can be treated.’
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of council at the British Medical Association (BMA), warned patients who need urgent care should never be left ‘stranded’ again.
Despite the rise, separate Government data today suggested cases could actually be on their way down again after weeks of being on the up. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which tracks the size of the outbreak by swabbing thousands of people, now believes there are 3,700 people in England getting infected with Covid-19 each day.
It is 12 per cent down on the 4,200 made in the government-run agency’s estimate last week, when they warned there was ‘enough evidence’ to prove cases were spiralling. The spike in cases prompted Boris Johnson to declare he was ‘squeezing the brake pedal’ on easing the coronavirus lockdown.
The ONS estimated 28,300 people in England had the coronavirus between July 27 and August 2 – the equivalent of one in 1,900 people. In comparison, last week’s rate was one in 1,500.
There has been some confusion about whether the virus is actually resurging, with prominent scientists warning that data was merely reflecting an increase in testing in areas that have been hit by flare-ups of the disease.
Boris Johnson’s £300million pledge comes on top of a £3billion cash injection for the NHS in England – with extra funding also for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – announced last month to help it to cope with the expected winter pressures.
That funding has been earmarked to enable the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector, maintain Nightingale hospitals until the end of March and expand its flu vaccination programme.
Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said while any additional funding was helpful, there were limits to what it could achieve.
‘The money is welcome but how do we think we can actually implement what would be building works in existing units whilst remaining safe and efficient – all before any rise in either Covid or non-Covid patients which, if like last winter, may start before the end of October?’ he said.
The move comes amid reports that scientists at Public Health England (PHE) have warned secondary school pupils are as likely to transmit coronavirus as easily as adults.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said PHE findings due to be published later this year showed there was little risk from the Government’s plans to reopen schools in England in September.
A PHE spokesperson said: ‘PHE analysis of recorded cases and outbreaks in educational settings in England is currently undergoing pre-publication verification and review, and will be published in due course.
‘It appears to show that SARS-CoV-2 infections and outbreaks were uncommon in educational settings during the first month after the easing of national lockdown in England.’
‘Additionally, a nationwide surveillance programme examining antibody prevalence in schoolchildren (sKIDs), is being analysed and should be published in the coming weeks. These publications combined will give the most complete picture of the landscape of Covid-19 in educational settings that we have seen to date.’
WHERE IS THE EXTRA £300MILLION GOING?
Midlands – £50,067,000
Birmingham Women’s And Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – £850,000
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust – £3,000,000
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £1,000,000
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust – £2,900,000
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – £2,000,000
Sandwell And West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – £4,000,000
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £2,000,000
Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust – £2,000,000
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust – £2,000,000
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust – £3,000,000
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust – £1,720,000
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – £2,000,000
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust – £6,997,000
University Hospitals Of Derby And Burton NHS Foundation Trust – £4,000,000
University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust – £2,000,000
University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust – £4,300,000
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust – £4,100,000
Wye Valley NHS Trust – £2,000,000
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £200,000
North East And Yorkshire – £53,760,000
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – £224,000
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £3,971,000
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £4,888,000
Calderdale And Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust – £2,252,000
County Durham And Darlington NHS Foundation Trust – £3,760,000
Doncaster And Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,850,000
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust – £1,435,000
Harrogate And District NHS Foundation Trust – £527,000
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – £4,297,000
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – £5,389,000
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – £2,607,000
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – £4,000,000
North Tees And Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – £3,000,000
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – £1,000,000
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – £2,049,000
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,700,000
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £3,180,000
South Tyneside And Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust – £3,745,000
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,000,000
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust – £1,950,000
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £936,000
North West – £46,100,000
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – £1,441,000
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £2,785,000
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – £2,564,000
East Cheshire NHS Trust – £2,209,000
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – £701,000
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £6,054,000
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,921,000
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – £4,861,000
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – £1,921,000
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – £1,441,000
Southport And Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – £1,729,000
St Helens And Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – £3,842,000
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust – £3,611,000
Tameside And Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – £1,897,000
University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust – £1,921,000
Warrington And Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £4,322,000
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £1,441,000
Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust – £1,441,000
South East – £44,163,000
Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust – £3,700,000
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – £900,000
Dartford And Gravesham NHS Trust – £2,553,000
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – £3,700,000
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – £1,820,000
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,505,000
Kent And Medway STP – £750,000
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust – £1,500,000
Maidstone And Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust – £2,817,000
Medway NHS Foundation Trust – £857,000
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £3,600,000
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust – £4,520,000
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £500,000
Surrey And Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – £2,200,000
Surrey Heartlands Health And Care Partnership – £541,000
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – £9,000,000
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £3,700,000
South West – £27,400,000
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £4,400,000
North Bristol NHS Trust – £1,900,000
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust – £2,346,000
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £1,759,000
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust – £2,800,000
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust – £2,500,000
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust – £2,000,000
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – £1,245,000
The Royal Bournemouth And Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £2,500,000
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust – £4,000,000
University Hospitals Bristol And Weston NHS Foundation Trust – £1,200,000
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £750,000
London – £49,633,000
Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust – £4,100,000
Barts Health NHS Trust – £6,410,000
Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £1,573,000
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust – £2,587,000
Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – £6,100,000
Guy’s And St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – £2,460,000
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £2,700,000
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – £1,430,000
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £2,981,000
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £790,000
Lewisham And Greenwich NHS Trust – £1,500,000
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust – £2,843,000
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust – £4,400,000
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust – £2,466,000
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £2,521,000
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £4,103,000
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £294,000
Whittington Health NHS Trust – £375,000
East – £28,800,000
Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £3,000,000
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £875,000
East Suffolk And North Essex NHS Foundation Trust – £3,051,000
James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £2,200,000
Mid And South Essex NHS Foundation Trust – £4,838,000
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – £1,578,000
Norfolk And Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £1,898,000
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust – £3,700,000
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust – £1,900,000
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust – £400,000
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust – £2,660,000
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – £2,700,000