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Covid: Intensive-care patients moved hundreds of miles

Covid: Intensive-care patients moved hundreds of miles

Health
Two patients were moved to a hospital 300 miles away, because of intensive-care bed shortages during the second UK coronavirus wave, BBC News has learned. An unprecedented 2,300 intensive-care patients moved between UK hospitals from September 2020 to March 2021, in search of beds, data shows. Front-line doctors, speaking for the first time, say these transfers were the only way to care for patients. NHS England said the health service had responded well under intense pressure.In January this year, the UK's four chief medical officers put out a joint statement saying: "Without further action, there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed."And measures were taken to cope with the increased demand:The number of intensive-care unit (ICU) beds across the UK almost doub...
Hundreds executed, thousands homeless – the human cost of fighting in Tigray

Hundreds executed, thousands homeless – the human cost of fighting in Tigray

World
The breadth and depth of human suffering in the Ethiopian region of Tigray is perfectly clear to humanitarian workers, human rights groups and the international diplomatic community.After four months of warfare between Ethiopia's national defence force and fighters from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), observers are collecting a worrying selection of data. More than 500,000 Tigrayans have lost their homes. Almost 60,000 have sought refugee status in neighbouring Sudan. Two refugee camps in Tigray have been obliterated by military force. Nearly 70% of 106 health facilities have been looted. Only 13% are functioning normally. Image: An abandoned central pharmacy at the Humera Hospital in Tigray, Ethiopia (Pic: Medecins Sans Frontieres/...
There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

World
A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near. I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide. Image: It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path. ...
Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI

Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI

Business
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Covid-19: Oxford vaccine rolled out to hundreds of GP sites in England

Covid-19: Oxford vaccine rolled out to hundreds of GP sites in England

Health
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