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Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? Leaked document claims hospitals are 84% full (but last autumn the figure was 92%) – Dail Mail

* Beds have never been less than 85% full for a three-month period since 2010 
* Spring this year was the first time, because patients were turfed out for Covid-19
* And occupancy remains below average levels despite second wave, stat shows 
* Boris Johnson has returned to his ‘protect the NHS’ slogan for second lockdown 

NHS hospitals in England appear quieter than usual for this time of year even though they are treating more than 9,000 patients with coronavirus.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8908693/Coronavirus-NHS-QUIETER-usual-Leaked-document-claims-Englands-hospitals-84-full.html

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NHS told to expect ‘huge number’ of legal challenges after pandemic – HSJ

Specialist lawyers say legal challenges against CCGs and providers inevitable

Risks around deprivation of liberty, neglect, safeguarding, and potential gross negligence manslaughter

https://www.hsj.co.uk/coronavirus/nhs-told-to-expect-huge-number-of-legal-challenges-after-pandemic/7027448.article

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Exclusive: Nightingale largely empty as ICUs handle surge – HSJ

London’s Nightingale hospital has remained largely empty, with just 19 patients being treated at the facility over the Easter weekend, HSJ understands.

https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/exclusive-nightingale-largely-empty-as-icus-handle-surge/7027398.article

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Coronavirus response could create ‘very serious unintended consequences’ – HSJ

National NHS leaders are to take action over growing fears that the “unintended consequences” of focusing so heavily on tackling covid-19 could do more harm than the virus, HSJ has learned. 

https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/coronavirus-response-could-create-very-serious-unintended-consequences/7027321.article