Hospital waiting lists could see a backlog of 7.2 million people by fall due to closing delays.
A study of the damage caused by Covid-19 restrictions suggested that delays caused by the virus resulted in the addition of an additional 1.3 million patients to specialist wait lists, in addition to 4, 4 million people in February.
Up to 3.5 million people may need an outpatient appointment as services return this month, and the NHS waiting list could exceed 7 million before October, provider analysis. Medefer health care.
The British Medical Association president, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, told the Sunday Times that the results highlighted the fears of many doctors that non-coronavirus patients were not being treated properly.
He said, “Many sick patients are not receiving the care they so desperately need now – and, crucially, they risk making their condition worse, and some may even die as a result. “
Professor Derek Alderson of the Royal College of Surgeons of England said that patients who could wait a month four weeks ago will not be able to undergo constant postponement.
PPE supplies arrive from Tianjin, China, to Bournemouth International Airport today
Doctors warned last month that up to 2,700 cancers were missed each week, with the number of patients being referred by doctors for urgent hospital appointments or check-ups down by 75%.
Cancer specialist Professor Karol Sikora warned that the impact of the coronavirus epidemic could lead to 50,000 cancer deaths.
And in April, Cancer Research UK showed that the number of patients hospitalized urgently for suspicious symptoms has dropped by 75% since the start of the epidemic.
Sarah Woolnough of Cancer Research said, “They have completely fallen.
“People are really worried about going to a health facility. In a way, it is a measure of the effectiveness of the “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” message.
“You are starting to see the unintended consequences. You have two problems. There are people who do not ask for help and testing has been stopped. You therefore do not detect cancers at the beginning as you would like.
Medical staff outside Mater Hospital in Belfast join in the Clap for Carers nationwide applause amid the current coronavirus crisis
“What is so worrisome to us is that we have spent the last decade saying,” If you suspect cancer, please ask for help. “
Steven McIntosh of Macmillan Cancer Support added: “There is truly disturbing evidence that fewer people are coming forward and being diagnosed with cancer symptoms.
“If you have had signs of cancer, you should urgently contact your general practitioner. “
Hospitals have been ordered to resume services that stopped in March to allow more capacity during the current crisis.
The action resulted in the postponement of millions of operations. Doctors said some may have already died due to the drastic measure.
NHS Confederation Executive Director Niall Dickson said resuming service would not just be a matter of getting back to normal – and could be “more complex and difficult” than preparing the NHS for the epidemic of coronavirus.