Eight out of the 1,618 respondents said they believed the health service was ready to deal with an outbreak when asked by The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), despite the prime minister’s insistence that the NHS will cope if it is hit by a surge in the number of people falling ill.
Common concerns included difficulties coping with increased demand, a shortage of beds and poor staffing levels, according to the group who led the poll.
Some doctors asked said they were worried that there could be not enough laboratory space to do testing in the case of a pandemic.
Others claimed that NHS 111 had been giving out “inappropriate advice” to go to A&E and GP practices, according to DAUK.
“The NHS has already been brought to its knees and many frontline doctors fear that our health system simply will not cope in the event of a Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak,”
Dr Rinesh Parmar, the DAUK chair, said. “Many hoped the threat of Covid-19 would prompt an honest conversation to address the issue of critical care capacity and our ability to look after our sickest patients. By simply saying ‘the NHS is well prepared to deal with coronovirus’ it seems that yet again doctors’ concerns have been brushed under the carpet.”
The findings come after the number of people infected with the coronavirus which rose to 39 in the UK on Monday.
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