NHS trusts vigilant as COVID-19 cases rise again

01 July 2022

Commenting on the latest Office for National Statistics and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) figures, the interim chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"We know that when the rate of community infections goes up, so do hospital admissions.

"That is why trust leaders remain vigilant as we see another increase in COVID-19 infections and more patients in hospitals on ventilators.

"Nobody wants to see another big wave which, if NHS staff have to look after a surge of patients with COVID-19 again, could put the brakes on important work being done to cut waiting lists and get us back to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

"It's vital that the NHS has the very best data available to help it plan and prepare for what might lie ahead. Even though we are a long way from how things were at the height of the pandemic, UKHSA warnings that we might face a flu wave too, earlier than usual, are concerning."