6 Apr 2022

NHS services under ‘enormous strain’ due to staff shortages and Covid cases, leaders warn

Health and Social Care Editor

NHS leaders in England have warned that services are under “enormous strain”, due to a combination of high demand, staff shortages and high levels of Covid. It’s already prompted a number of trusts to declare critical incidents.

The government says the increase in national insurance which has just taken effect will help pay for the cap on social care costs and tackling the NHS backlog.