Bring in Plan B or face crisis, says NHS Confederation head

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The head of the NHS Confederation has warned Government should be implemented immediately.alternative plan“Winter measures to help contain the impact of Covid-19.

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It comes as the UK recorded its highest daily covid the death toll since March.

Prime minister boris johnson So far relying on the government “Plan A” measures – such as encouraging COVID boosters and flu jabs To keep the Covid infection rate and death toll low during the winter months.

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In the past, Mr Johnson has said he would roll out Plan B if measures fail to stop the “unsettling pressure” being placed on the NHS.

Plan B includes face masks in some settings, return to work from home and possible vaccine passports.

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Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents the health service, said urgent action was needed to stop the NHS “stumbling into the crisis”.

Tailor told The Guardian: “We are on edge – and it is mid-October. We will need an incredible amount of luck to not find ourselves in the middle of a deep crisis over the next three months.

“The government should not only announce that we are moving towards plan B, but it should be plan B plus. We should do what is in plan B in terms of masks…

“Working from home, but at the same time we should try to achieve the kind of national mobilization that we achieved in the first and second wave, where the public went out of their way to support and help out healthcare. “

On Tuesday, the UK reported 223 Covid deaths – the highest figure for seven months.

The seven-day average for Covid-19 cases is 44,145 per day – one of the highest weekly rates of newly reported cases in the world.

Downing Street said it was keeping a “very close watch” on the situation.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer urged the government to “be more vocal, step up and reassure the public that they have learned the lessons of the past year”.

He said Mr Johnson was showing his “characteristic complacency” in the face of increasing warnings from experts.

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