Life Or Death: Top doctors say life support now being ‘rationed’

Doctors forced to make ‘tough decisions’ and prioritise some critically ill patients; crisis stems from shortage of intensive care beds in hospitals

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
7th January, 2018

Doctors are being forced to “ration” critical care and life support due to the severe shortage of intensive care beds, with leading medics admitting they now must make “tough decisions” about which critically ill patients to prioritise.

Top doctors issued the stark warning as hospitals struggle to deal with growing demand. Overcrowding led to large numbers of patients on trolleys last week, peaking at 677 on Wednesday.

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