NHS England has published statistics, which demonstrate the dramatic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the National Health Service.
In comparison to May 2019 the number of planned surgeries has fallen by 80% in England. Routine surgery (non-emergency) which includes heart and cancer surgeries, has fallen significantly with only 55,000 surgeries taking place compared to the 296,000 in May 2019.
Waiting lists for treatment and referrals also initially fell during the coronavirus pandemic, as a result of less people having tests for conditions such as heart disease and cancer. However, we have previously blogged that recent figures now show a huge backlog in diagnostic testing and scan results which is expected to cause vast waiting lists for routine appointments, results and procedures until at least the rest of this year.
The same review also found that the number of people attending A&E in June 2020 were 1.4 million, which is a third of the 2019 figure of 2.1 million. It is thought that this reduction is due to people being in fewer accidents due to staying at home more, as well as fear of attending hospitals due to coronavirus.
An NHS spokesperson commented: "Despite responding rapidly to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to ensure over 100,000 patients could receive hospital care, NHS staff also provided more than five million urgent tests, checks and treatment in a safe way during the peak of the virus…The overall waiting list has fallen by more than half a million since the onset of Covid, but as more patients come forward local health services continue work to expand services safely."
For more information about the original news story, please click the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53347297
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