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World 37% of doctors think the government's three-tier system won't stop coronavirus spreading

15:56  25 october  2020
15:56  25 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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More than a third of doctors believe the government's three-tier system will have no impact on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

a close up of a person wearing a blue hat: More than a third of doctors think the tier system is ineffective in containing COVID-19, as hospitals start filling up again © Other More than a third of doctors think the tier system is ineffective in containing COVID-19, as hospitals start filling up again

The research from the British Medical Association (BMA) also raises concerns about the autumn and winter period - with more than half of healthcare staff saying they are "quite anxious" about what is to come.

More than 6,000 doctors took part in the survey. While 60% said they are worried about their own health, 65% said they are fearful of staff shortages in the coming months.

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a large room: The BMA research revealed more than 65% of doctors are worried about staff shortages in coming months © Other The BMA research revealed more than 65% of doctors are worried about staff shortages in coming months

Meanwhile, 44% are unsure whether the NHS will be able to cope with demand from patients with COVID symptoms - with 58% concerned about the health service's ability to cope with demand from non-coronavirus patients.

a close up of a man: BMA research indicates the majority of doctors think that the NHS will struggle to cope with the demand of non-COVID patients © Other BMA research indicates the majority of doctors think that the NHS will struggle to cope with the demand of non-COVID patients

When asked to what extent the new tiering system in their local areas would contain coronavirus, 37% said they believe it will have no impact or would be ineffective.


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The BMA's chairman says the results indicate the "enormous scale of the challenges" faced by the NHS in coming months.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: "Doctors know that this winter is likely be one of the most difficult times of their careers.

"They are extremely worried about the ability for the NHS to cope and their ability to care for the needs of their patients."

The BMA said it wants the government to be "both honest and realistic with the public about whether the NHS can cope with routine care and COVID care this winter".

Dr Nagpaul said: "Large numbers of doctors across England have little faith that the government's current 'tiered' based lock-downs will have any significant impact on controlling the virus.

"Instead of a few short weeks of suppression, bringing economic and emotional misery for those in the areas affected, we need a national prevention strategy that has a lasting impact and gets growing infection rates under control across England."

Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab .
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England. Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire has become the latest region to join the top tier of Covid-19 restrictions, after an overall rise in infection rates.West Yorkshire will also join the third tier from Monday, at which point nearly a fifth of England will be under the toughest restrictions. Are we heading back into a full lockdown? What Covid tier is your area in and what are the rules? Every area of England is now in one of three coronavirus alert categories - medium (tier one), high (tier two) or very high (tier three).

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