NHS told to ease Covid rules ‘to save lives’ | News

Hospitals have been told to scale back Covid-19 precautions at a time of warnings that a “tidal wave of pressure” on the health service is costing lives.

NHS bosses said wards should return to pre-Covid social distancing and cleaning protocols, in a letter on infection prevention and control guidance.

The isolation period for inpatients with Covid-19 could be reduced from ten days to seven with two negative lateral flow tests, it added, and patients who were asymptomatic contacts of people with the coronavirus no longer needed to be separated from others.

Thousands of patients have had to wait at least an hour in ambulances outside hospitals

Thousands of patients have had to wait at least an hour in ambulances outside hospitals

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Thousands of patients have had to wait at least an hour in ambulances outside hospitals.

The new guidance is based on the latest scientific evidence as well as “feedback from local providers on the

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