This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
HEALTH unions warned of impending crisis today after an expert predicted that a large wave of Covid-19 in the autumn could see 1,000 people admitted to hospital each day.
Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said that current case rates are sobering as we head into September, when social mixing will increase as schools return.
But he added that it is unlikely that any surge in hospital admissions will lead to the levels of deaths seen earlier this year, thanks to the vaccination programme.
He said a surge in cases will not be stopped through lockdowns but instead population immunity.
His comments came after rules were eased so that fully vaccinated adults will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Prof Ferguson said that the changes to self-isolation rules could lead to a small increase in cases if people do not get tested when asked to do so.
Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said that the pandemic is far from over, despite the government’s “wishful thinking and overoptimistic assessments.
“We have to remain vigilant and alert to new variants and waves of Covid-19 that could materialise over the autumn and winter,” he said.
“This means the systems we have created over the last 18 months relating to [protective equipment], testing and the successful vaccination programme to support the NHS must be continued and refined.
“Mask-wearing in public places and on the transport systems should be made mandatory.”
And GMB national secretary Rehana Azam warned that Britain “can’t be caught on the back foot again.
She said: “Unless the UK government start to proactively plan for another wave in the autumn, we could see thousands of hospital admissions, with overworked NHS staff left to pick up the pieces once again.
“All the underlying problems caused by a decade of cuts to the NHS have been exposed by Covid-19: an understaffing crisis, spiralling waiting lists, and a total lack of value for the heroic key workers left struggling on the front line.
“And to top it all off, the government has given an insulting pay offer that our members are voting on. They’ve had enough and frankly deserve so much better.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.