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Covid: Intensive-care patients moved hundreds of miles

Covid: Intensive-care patients moved hundreds of miles

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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...