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NHS Confederation - Rising Coronavirus cases affect our capacity to treat other significant health issues

Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation responded to the latest Welsh Government update on Coronavirus in Wales 

“The figures highlighted by the Chief Medical Officer in Wales are a reminder of how serious the situation is in Wales. As rates of infection rise across Wales and Coronavirus spreads throughout all age groups, the number of patients in hospital with Coronavirus also rises, having a huge impact on the NHS.

“These impacts are felt right across the health and care system and affects the capacity for us to treat other significant health issues. As a consequence of increased transmission rates, more staff are at risk of contracting the virus or having to self-isolate because others in their household have symptoms. Staff are really feeling the effects of this across Wales. They are working flat out to give patients the very best care they can. We are, as always grateful for their efforts over the course of this very challenging year.

“Tuesday saw the launch of the mass vaccination programme where almost 1,500 health and social care staff across Wales were vaccinated in the first day alone. Whilst it is really positive to see the first clinics up and running after months of hard work and planning, the vaccine does not mean the pandemic is over and that we can go back to business as usual.

“All of us in the NHS understands the importance of Christmas to people in Wales. That's why we're asking the public to avoid mixing with people from other households in the following weeks in order to reduce the number of people we’re in contact with. We usually catch Coronavirus from people we trust, people we live with or people we work with, so it’s really important that we think carefully about what we should do, rather than what we can do.”

Original article link: https://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2020/12/rising-coronavirus-cases-affect-our-capacity-to-treat-other-significant-health-issues

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