Trust leaders concerned about flu as we head into winter

08 October 2021

Responding to reports that flu deaths this year could reach 60,000, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

"Trust leaders are facing a triple whammy of flu, coronavirus and other respiratory infections, such as RSV, which risks worsening operational pressures as we head into the challenging winter months.

"Norovirus is already at levels we expect to see in mid-winter. When cases rise like this in hospitals, capacity is reduced as beds must close to contain infections.

"The NHS is already under significant strain as the health service works at full pelt to reduce care backlogs, cope with rapidly growing urgent care demand, while grappling with serious staffing pressures.

"This all signposts to a very difficult winter for the NHS.

"We would urge everyone to have their flu and COVID-19 vaccines when they are offered it."

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