NHS staff 'shattered' as pandemic's grip takes hold

Shattered staff in one of England’s largest hospitals say they are working “to the limit” of their ability, battling low morale, exhausting shift patterns, and the prospect that the worst is still to come. As the number of cases and deaths continues to rise across the country, frontline staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, have had to vastly expand intensive care capacity and move under-qualified staff to high dependency roles in an effort to combat soaring sickness. The PA news agency was granted rare behind-the-scenes access to the coronavirus front line amid confirmation that a further 1,041 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the highest daily reported total since the first wave in April.

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