The Chinese city of Wuhan is building a hospital in just a few days, to treat patients suspected of contracting the coronavirus.
The news comes as UK officials confirmed record high ambulance waiting times of ‘a couple of weeks if you’re lucky.’
China’s health authorities made the decision to build the new hospital following 304 deaths from the coronavirus, with more than 14,000 cases in the country and beyond.
UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said the speed at which the hospital was built is ‘impressive’ as the ‘necessary negotiations and backhanders for huge infrastructure projects usually take years to sort out.’
Huoshenshan Hospital, built in 2003 to help tackle the Sars virus, was constructed in a world record of 7 days.
In September last year Boris Johnson promised 40 new UK hospitals.
A promise which was reneged on in a world record of 7 days, breaking Johnson’s previous record of 7 days and 11 minutes.
In 2003 an ambulance in the UK was expected to arrive within 15 minutes of a 999 call.
But with austerity cuts impacting on NHS resources Mr Hancock said the decision was made to increase bureaucracy for paramedics to keep them at hospitals longer so there is a line-up of ambulances at A&E which makes the NHS ‘at least look fully funded.’