Spain’s healthcare system ‘collapsing’ as coronavirus death toll hits 4,000 and patients wait THREE DAYS for beds – The Sun
SPAIN's healthcare system is on the brink of “collapse” as the country's death hits 4,000 and patients reportedly wait THREE days for beds.
Disturbing video and photos from hospitals in capital Madrid and further south in Albacete showed patients, many hooked up to oxygen tanks, crowding corridors and emergency rooms.
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At the 12 de Octubre University Hospital, patients could be seen on the floor as they waited for a bed in recent days.
The hospital says the patients have since been accommodated elsewhere.
“We are collapsing. We need more workers”, said Lidia Perera, a nurse who at Madrid's Hospital de la Paz, which has 1,000 beds.
This week, 11 of the hospital's 14 floors are devoted to caring for those suffering from COVID-19, and there is still not enough room – the patients with less serious cases of the disease are being put in the hospitals gym or in a large tent outside.
SPAIN STRUGGLING TO COPE
“If you had told me three months ago that I would be working in these conditions in Spain, I wouldn't have believed you”, Perera said, adding that staff at La Paz are only being tested for the virus if they have symptoms.
She adds: “If they did (regular testing), they might end up without any workers.”
Yesterday, the number of medical personnel infected was nearly 6,500 nationally, health authorities said, representing over 10 per cent of the Spain's 56,188 total cases and about one per cent of the health system's workforce.
TENS OF THOUSANDS SICK
At least three health care workers have died.
More harrowing images have emerged from a hospital in Albacete showing coronavirus victims lining the corridors as the pandemic is reportedly forcing patients to wait three days for a bed.
The harrowing clip was recorded in the central Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha where 88 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday.
In the video, patients in gurneys can be seen lining the corridors of the hospital, with others sitting on chairs.
The woman recording can be heard saying “people are lying on the ground because they said they were exhausted”.
She adds the hospital is a bottleneck for the local health centres, adding that more beds are needed for the huge number of patients being admitted.
The health worker complains that there is not enough protective equipment “so we keep putting our health and our loved ones at risk”.
PATIENTS LYING ON THE FLOOR
Local health officials said the increase in the number of patients in the hospital had put a lot of pressure on the emergency services.
Reports state new measures were implemented on Tuesday with one floor of the hospital previously dedicated to other patients now being used for those coming from the emergency room.
Another ward from the nearby Perpetuo Socorro Hospital is also available for use.
Local media report that health centres in Albacete are changing and adapting their facilities in order to attend to coronavirus patients.
Spain has recorded 4,089 deaths for COVID-19 according to Johns Hopkins University.
According to the Spanish Health Ministry, 7,937 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
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