Cuts have left the NHS grossly unprepared for the coronavirus
If just one percent of the UK population contracts coronavirus, the NHS will need nine times more beds
The NHS and its troubles have dominated British television screens and newspapers in recent years.
An ageing population and problems brought about by repeated cuts to the health service's budget has led to rising 'trolley waits' and increased waiting periods for important procedures, as well as criticism aimed at the Conservative party over what many believe to be an ideological desire to privatise a system considered by many to be Britain's greatest ever achievement.
What happens though when you add a pandemic to this mess? According to an NHS doctor, nothing good. With the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK now over 200, questions are now being asked.
One thing is clear. Cuts to the NHS have left it unprepared to properly deal with the coronavirus.