NHS faces busiest ever month in October; Powis wants pharmacies to share minor illness burden

Community pharmacy may have to share workload as NHS emergency service – 999 – has faced the busiest ever month in October with staff attending to a record 1,012,143 calls, data released today (November 11) has revealed.

Of the total, 82,000 were life threatening call-outs, an increase from 61,561 in October 2019.

Besides, major A&Es treated over 1.4 million people during October and the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme delivered more than 7.5 million jabs, including more than 5.9 million top-up jabs.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said the latest data show that “pressure on the health service remains incredibly high,” therefore, people with minor illness should “contact their local pharmacists.”

He encouraged people to come forward to take Covid and flu jabs.

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