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HOSPITAL PRESSURE: Mayor Andy Burnham witnesses NHS pressures during visit to Salford Royal


The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has admitted that the pressure on the region's NHS system is worse than he thought after hearing stories from staff on a walk about at Salford Royal Hospital.

Andy Burnham said that despite the rest of the world moving on, for hospitals across Greater Manchester the “reality hasn’t changed”.

Health care leaders and staff have spoken out in recent weeks, highlighting that the NHS is facing severe pressure. The Mayor took a tour around Salford Royal Hospital to understand what the picture is like in hospitals at this moment in time and to speak to NHS staff working on the frontline of the pandemic response.

Hospital staff are now speaking out about the 'perfect storm breaking over the NHS' this summer and are urging people to only go to hospital if they need to.

After speaking to staff on the wards, Mr Burnham said the pressure on the NHS was worse than he thought.

He said: “I think the world has moved on in recent times of the pandemic […] but the reality has not changed in this hospital behind me or indeed in any hospital in Greater Manchester”.

Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to fall across Greater Manchester, however, staff are 'struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel' after more than a year of working through a pandemic.

Cases have been plummeting significantly in every borough across the conurbation for the last few days, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

However, Libby McManus says that despite the fall in numbers, they are coming down from a “high peak”.

She said: “Covid’s still here, the numbers are coming down and that’s great news but the numbers are coming down from a high peak”

She added that Salford Royal still currently have patients in the intensive care unit and on the wards.

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