NHS Lanarkshire’s three hospitals are all full despite national Covid hospital admissions being at less than half of the peak in February and 15% down on late September. ICU cases, at 56 across the whole country, are down from over 100 a few weeks ago.
Staff absences are down for the sixth week in a row and a quarter of the peak in April 2021.
NHS Scotland has 279 hospitals some of which are only a few miles from the three in Lanarkshire. Why can’t they take some of the load off Lanarkshire?
Which health board is better placed, more central, than Lanarkshire, to transfer patients to other boards with several large hospitals?
Is there some financial arrangement whereby the costs of treating transferred patients are then charged back to the originating board and the folk who manage them don’t like to see that on their books?