Only one in six doctors are catching up on their backlog of treatments caused by the coronavirus lockdown, survey suggests 70th birthday gifts
- Just one in six doctors have started catching up on backlog caused by lockdown
- More than 4.2m patients are waiting for hospital treatment and facing delays
- A survey of over 6,000 doctors found they were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the Government’s pandemic strategy 70th birthday gifts
Fewer than one in six doctors have started catching up on treatment backlogs caused by the lockdown 70th birthday gifts
The British Medical Association research also found that two thirds worry about how they will cope over
More than 4.2million patients are waiting for hospital treatment, including 111,000 for longer than a year.
But the survey of 6,610 NHS doctors in England, carried out last week, found only 15 per cent had started tackling their lists.
Just one in six doctors have started catching up on treatment backlog caused by lockdown
wtih more than 4.2million patients are waiting for hospital treatment (stock image)
It means the lengthy delays causing misery and distress for millions of patients are likely to get even
One in four doctors said they were already seeing more Covid-19 patients than during 70th birthday gifts
the first wave as hospital admissions surge in northern England. 70th birthday gifts
Five in six said they were worried about coping with demand from patients with other health condition
Most said they were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the Government’s pandemic strategy.
A mere 6 per cent of doctors said they believed the approach of dividing England into three
‘tiers’ with different lockdown restrictions would significantly reduce the spread of the virus.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA, said: ‘Doctors know this winter is likely to be one of the most
‘They are extremely worried about the ability for the NHS to cope and their ability to care for the needs of their patients.
‘Meanwhile there remains a backlog of millions of patients not receiving treatment during
the first peak, and with only 15 per cent of doctors reporting that they have started
A survey from the British Medical Association of over 6,000 doctors found the majority
were not confident the NHS would cope this winter and did not have faith in the 70th birthday gifts
Government’s pandemic strategy. Pictured: Clinical staff wear PPE as they care for a patient at the ICU 70th birthday gifts
‘As the waiting lists continue to grow and more and more beds are needed by those with
Covid, this second wave could be devastating for patients, the health and social care service and those working in it.’
The BMA is calling for the Government to be ‘honest and realistic with the public about
whether the NHS can cope with routine care and Covid care this winter’.
An investigation by the Daily Mail has found that several major hospitals are calling off
routine surgery and outpatient appointments as they deal with a surge in virus admissions.
This may have devastating consequences for the almost two million patients who have
waited beyond the 18-week target for routine treatment such as cataract operations or hip and knee surgery.
Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, told the Mail on Saturday he
was ‘determined’ that routine services should keep running despite the second wave.
The professor said operations must not be cancelled this winter unless ‘absolutely unavoidable’. 70th birthday gifts