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NHS staff 'running on fumes' Gloucestershire GP says

A top Gloucestershire doctor has said NHS staff are 'running on fumes' because of the sheer number of people trying to access services.

Dr Jeremy Welch, a Tewkesbury GP, said: "Traditionally, summer is a quiet time for the health service but it's not. So, for the foreseeable future the pressure is really on. A lot of the staff are running on fumes, and this is probably how it's going to be for the next six months."

Dr Welch who is Clinical Commissioning Lead for Tewkesbury, Newent and Staunton, was speaking to presenter Steve Kitchen on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire's breakfast show.

He said: "Across the board the NHS is under the cosh and feeling the pressure.

"The numbers for Covid are falling - which is great - but it is just the sheer volume of calls and demands that are coming across all points of the system.

"We want to see everyone; we want to sort out everyone's problems, but you've got to see the right people at the right time and see the sicker ones first."

The comments come at a time when Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has redesignated an area of its Intensive Care Unit as a specialist area for Covid patients after three patients were admitted to ICU at the weekend.

The hospital continues to run a 20-bed ward elsewhere in the hospital for less seriously ill patients.

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