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Greater Manchester is set to run out of hospital beds as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the region, a leaked NHS report document suggests. NHS report

Hospitals in Salford, Stockport and Bolton are already full according to the analysis, which has been shared with The Guardian. NHS report

A local spike in Covid-19 infections pushed them to maximum capacity by Friday, leaving them with no spare beds in which to treat the growing number of patients.

It comes amid ongoing clashes between ministers and northern leaders over the terms under which the area will enter Tier 3 of the Government’s Covid alert system.

The document suggests that Greater Manchester’s hospitals are hurtling towards breaking point – unable to cope with the number of virus patients needing life-saving emergency care.

By Friday, 82 per cent of critical care beds in the region – 211 out of 257 – were already being used by Covid sufferers or other critically ill patients, The Guardian reported.

The disclosures come after another document, obtained by the Manchester Evening News, showed that the region is set to suffer more hospital deaths by late November than it saw at the peak of the pandemic in April.

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Some of the area’s hospitals, including those in Tameside and Stockport, could have double or even treble the number of patients needing intensive care by November 10 than they are able to accommodate, the second report suggests.“These projections paint a stark picture, with the possibility in a worst-case scenario that some intensive care units in the city potentially run out of beds within weeks,” Dr Rob Harwood, chair of the British Medical Association’s consultants committee, told the paper.“They also suggest that the number of patient deaths may even overtake those seen during the peak