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H1N1 Threatens Children's Health Care Delivery In UK
Recombinomics Commentary 23:40
January 1, 2011

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: “We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”

Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.

The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

The above comments highlight the deteriorating health care delivery in the UK.  The H1N1 continues to spread and fill ICU beds with previously healthy young adults.  The level is near epidemic proportions for children four and under, and the start of school next week could seriously exacerbate the situation, which is already at a critical level for children, as noted above.

The severe H1N1 cases were initially reported in the midlands, but now appear to be heading south and creating crisis after crisis with multiple hospitals announcing code red or code black situations.

The start of school next week could destroy near term critical health care for children.

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