‘Killer week­end’ freeze cri­sis

Daily Star - - NEWS - by TIM BAKER [email protected]

HOSPI­TALS are fac­ing a cri­sis this week­end.

Cold weather and a peak of win­ter ill­nesses will com­bine to cre­ate a per­fect storm.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land has is­sued a level two alert – warn­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to be pre­pared for bad weather – for the north of Eng­land and West Midlands.

The south of the coun­try has a less se­vere level one warn­ing in place.

Freez­ing weather will hit as chest in­fec­tions and flu cases rise.

The news comes a day af­ter the Daily Star re­vealed that Jan­uary 6 is the day that sees more deaths in the UK than any other.

Hospi­tals across the coun­try have com­plained of full emer­gency units and in­ten­sive care rooms.

Dr Nick Scriven, 44, a con­sul­tant at Hal­i­fax Hos­pi­tal in West York­shire, and pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety for Acute Medicine, warned of the dan­gers yes­ter­day.

He said: “I and many col­leagues across the coun­try are an­tic­i­pat­ing may­hem this week­end as tem­per­a­tures drop.

“It will come as no sur­prise to us. In the last week I have had col­leagues warn­ing of emer­gency de­part­ments and in­ten­sive care units be­ing full, and that will only worsen.”

But an NHS spokesman said: “Thanks to the hard work and prepa­ra­tion of staff, the health ser­vice is per­form­ing bet­ter this win­ter than last.”

The Star Says: Page 6

WARN­ING: Dr Scriven

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