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A hospital’s staff are already “hanging on by a thread” as the NHS heads into winter, a critical care consultant says.

Dr Dhruv Parekh described the pressure on workers at the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Hospital in Birmingham as “immense”.

Medics are currently dealing with Covid patients plus increasing numbers of emergency cases while also trying to catch up on non-emergency care.

The trust running the QE said it expected winter “to be really tight”.

Winter and associated illnesses create pressures for hospitals each year. But the NHS is wary that amid a pandemic – and one

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