In the Guardian today:
Of England’s 137 NHS trusts, at least 24 have declared a critical incident, Shapps said, meaning they have reached an alert level signalling priority services may be under threat.https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/06/nhs-trusts-england-critical-incidents-covid-pressures-omicron
No Scottish health board has declared a critical incident though Dumfries and Galloway has a ‘surge plan’ to deal with staff shortages due to infection:
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership (DGHSCP) director of strategic planning David Rowland said the system continued to face significant pressure.
“Throughout the pandemic, great effort has been made to ensure we have been able to respond to the direct challenges resulting from the virus, while continuing to preserve essential services,” he said.
“The surge plan which was developed in response to these anticipated pressures has proved invaluable, providing us with a system of planned responses.”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-59879886
Local Tory MSP Oliver Mundell who resigned from their ‘front bench’ in 2020, after refusing to back measures restricting travel to England, is allegedly doing his best to persuade locals to get along to the A&E departments after a pub crawl in Carlisle.