The image below from AdapNation says it all:
This explains the discordance between the lower-than-normal bed use & ambulance stats vs the NHS alarm bells.
I had the insightful opportunity to interview an NHS employee involved in the logistics of a busy England hospital today.
The message was clear – they are insanely busy. It’s a pressure cooker environment beyond the high pressure they experience every winter.
However, the reason is not a single headline. It doesn’t marry with the raw Hosp data. And it certainly is not due to an abnormal excess of acute respiratory infections.
This matches the experience and insights we have received directly from Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, Dr, Clare Craig, various anonymous NHS Hospital workers and a couple of GP staff too.