The health care system has been plagued by shortages and churning out unqualified staff, leading some hospitals to cut their staff by up to 10 percent.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of hospitals are experiencing a shortage of qualified health care workers.
The department also reported that the number of people seeking health care has fallen more than 50 percent since 2008.
It also said that the percentage of U.T. students in need of hospital care has been increasing over the past decade, with about half of UT students having experienced a wait time in emergency room in the past year.
“While many patients will receive timely care, they will have more challenges when they do seek care because of an unavailability of qualified care providers, a lack of adequate resources and staffing,” the department said in a statement.
The CDC has also warned that patients at the hospital emergency room can become infected with the Ebola virus, even when they have not tested positive for the virus.
The government agency also reported on Wednesday that there are over 500 hospital-acquired infections every day, and that more than 3,200 patients have died in the U.K. since the virus was first detected in November.
The report came as a second study released Wednesday showed that patients who have visited the United Kingdom and are then discharged to a hospital where the virus has been circulating can develop symptoms of the disease.
The research, published by the UK Medical Research Council, was conducted on about 700 patients who visited the country between July and December 2016.
The researchers said that patients treated in England who then went to a second hospital were at higher risk of contracting the virus than those who had been in the country before.
“When patients with the infection were transferred to other hospitals and then subsequently transferred back to the U of L, the incidence of coronavirus-related illness and death increased significantly,” the researchers said in their report.
The findings will likely add to the debate about whether the U, of L should close the hospital.
The British government said earlier this month that it plans to hold an emergency meeting this week to discuss how to deal with the virus and how to contain the spread of the virus, according to The Independent.
“We are currently assessing the potential impact on the UO’s capacity and the public’s safety and will have a full discussion with the Government, the UBHS and the community to determine the best way forward,” the university said in an email.
“As part of the planning process, the Department of Public Health will also consider whether to open an Ebola containment unit at UO, a step that would reduce risk to the public,” the UU said.
“The UO will remain open and operational.”