OPINION - The Leader podcast: NHS crisis & the return of face masks?

Ambulances outside Waterloo Ambulance Station, south London. The NHS continues to be under severe pressure, with Government being urged to step in (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)
Ambulances outside Waterloo Ambulance Station, south London. The NHS continues to be under severe pressure, with Government being urged to step in (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire)

Health experts are sounding the alarm over the NHS crisis.

It’s been revealed ambulance crews in London lost the equivalent of three-and-a-half months because of handover delays, with 7,000 Londoners waiting more than 12 hours to be admitted to A&E - a rise of 46 per cent.

This follows a big reaction to guidance announced, which amongst other things, suggests the idea of reintroducing face masks to take the pressure off health services.

Daniel Keane, the Evening Standard’s Health Reporter, explains the current situation faced by health services.

In part two, Professor Azeem Majeed, head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London, a GP and a consultant in public health, gives his views on what can be done to save the NHS.

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