In a typically Anglocentric piece, the Guardian suggests:
The health service is struggling to cope with record numbers of Covid cases to such an extent that some patients may be denied access to an intensive care unit or the chance to go on a mechanical ventilator, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) said on Tuesday.
There is no mention of the situation in Scotland.
The Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association warned of this on the 16th September:
HCSA calls for rethink on ‘diluted’ infection control guidelines
HCSA has called for an urgent rethink of England’s Covid-19 response in order to help prevent a second spike which could overwhelm hospitals. Recent data released by the government revealed that we are currently only a few weeks behind France and Spain, both of which have reported large increases in infection rates. HCSA President Dr Claudia Paoloni warned that policy-makers here are currently adopting a complacent attitude towards hospital admissions, which have begun to creep up in the UK. In recent weeks Public Health England (PHE) and NICE guidance has been released for healthcare settings which stipulate lower protections in order to try to tackle the NHS procedure backlog.
The infection control problems were highlighted by The Centre for Evidence-based Medicine on October 30th:
Probable Hospital Acquired infections in England remain persistently high: currently, 17.6% of COVID-19 infections fit the NHS England definition of probable healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). These rates have been as high as 25% in the North West and continue to climb in the North East and Yorkshire.
In Scotland, the rate was 2% or less.
There is no threat of overload in ICU in Scotland: