[/news/nhs/index.html NHS] staff are being denied holiday in autumn because health bosses fear a second wave of Covid-19 will overwhelm Britain's hospitals once again, it emerged today.
MailOnline can reveal at least one trust in England is blocking workers from taking annual leave in October, in case the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] crisis spirals back out of control.
Health chiefs at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said the decision was made after models suggested infections would eventually spike again post-lockdown.
It is the strongest admission yet that medical professionals feel uneasy about [/news/boris_johnson/index.html Boris Johnson]'s latest round of lockdown-loosening measures, which will see the two-metre social distancing rule halved.
The news comes as 16 of the country's leading medics today penned a letter to the Prime Minister demanding he starts preparing for the 'very real risk' of a second spike that is more deadly than the first.
They said the Government must pay 'rapid attention' to its failures from the first crisis, which includes PPE supplies, testing and tracing infrastructure and the disproportionate effect on ethnic minority people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned last week that the UK was particularly vulnerable to a second Covid-19 peak because of its lacklustre track and trace programme.
Healthcare workers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital have had their annual leave blocked in autumn because trust bosses fear a second wave of coronavirus will strike the UK by then
Sixteen of the country's leading medics today penned a letter to the Prime Minister demanding he starts preparing for https://penzu.com/p/20833d47 the 'very real risk' of a second spike that is more deadly than the first
NHS bosses across the UK cancelled staff holidays in March when the coronavirus threatened to overwhelm ICU wards up and down the country.
They needed all hands on deck to cope with the crisis, which saw nearly a thousand people die each day at the peak of the crisis in April.
The UK government tore up holiday rules and allowed health workers to delay their annual leave by up to two years.
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