India is facing a shortage of doctors as it braces for a third wave

Many hospitals have already begun to enact contingency plans. At the All India Institute of Medical Science in Delhi, Savrankar Datta, a radiologist, said the institute’s directors announced a plan two weeks ago to quickly vacate beds as situations rose. The hospital in recent days converted two buildings, the trauma and burn centers, to exclusively house covid patients as they began to stream in. Many departments, he additional, have halted elective procedures and funneled staff to treat covid because doctors were falling ill, and it was not possible to continue normal operations.

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