If the letter obtained by the HSJ turns true then there is a major threat to hospitals in England. NHS hospitals are already preparing for a possible attack in this bank holiday weekend in the wake of the Manchester blasts.
HSJ (Health Service Journal) received a letter and the atrocity is believed to be unavoidable. It comes just after the threat level in UK was raised to critical.
The message from Chris Moran, NHS England’s national clinical director for traumaNHS England’s national clinical director for trauma, was sent to the 27 major trauma teams across the country.
The staff has been urged to wear their Id’s all the time and they were also told what to do in case the hospital is in ‘lock down’.
he letter read: ‘The trauma community in Manchester has provided a tremendous response to the atrocity on Monday night and this is a credit to their dedication and clinical skills and also the preparation that has taken place.
‘You will be aware that we have a bank holiday weekend approaching.
‘There are a number of things that all trauma units and major trauma centres can do to prepare for a further incident and I should be grateful if you could disseminate these within your network so that front-line clinicians are aware.’
Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive has asked the trusts to check the staffing levels in a meeting.
In a separate letter sent to trusts yesterday, Anne Rainsberry, national incident director at NHS England, said trusts need to take specific steps following the renewed threat level.
Prime Minister, Theresa May confirmed the bomber as 22-year-old, Salman Abedi. Interestingly, the locals had reported about his strange behaviour before the attack. He was chanting Islamic prayers in Arabic just weeks before the concert bombing, said a neighbour.
The intelligence agencies believe that he did not act alone and that is dangerous as there might be a few more active terrorists. The armed soldiers will patrol key sites and undercover SAS troopers will join regular soldiers.
Speaking inside Downing Street following a meeting of the emergency committee Cobra on Tuesday, Mrs May said: ‘We don’t want the public to feel unduly alarmed. We’ve faced a serious terrorist threat in this country for many years.’
She said the response was ‘proportionate and sensible’.
An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘Since JTAC has announced the threat level has changed from severe to critical, this triggers longstanding tried and tested NHS protocols reflected in this letter which reminds NHS organisations of the precautionary measures they need to take ensure care is in place should it be needed.’
Professor Bob Pearson, of the Manchester Children’s University Hospital NHS Trust, informed that a few patients might leave the hospital by the end of the bank holiday weekend.
Professor Pearson reported that 32 patients were still in hospital after an initial 55 were admitted on Monday evening after the bomb explosion in the city centre.