"Bodies would have been piling up" if the Covid vaccine had not been available, the director of intensive care at Belfast City Hospital has said.
Dr George Gardiner, a consultant, also said his biggest fear would be having to stop routine cancer surgery. He has called for an end to "tribal politics" in Northern Ireland to allow transformation of the health service, so that cancer and coronavirus can be tackled in tandem.
He said the system was currently "one step from chaos" and warned hospitals will not cope with winter if Covid numbers continue to rise.
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