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The hidden impact of COVID-19

The BMA published a report revealing the sheer scale of the hidden impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – with millions of patients not receiving planned operations, treatments and appointments.

Through comparing figures provided by NHS England with equivalent figures for the past two years, the BMA has estimated that between April and June 2020 there were:

  • Up to 1.5 million fewer general and acute admissions
  • Up to 2.6 million fewer first general and acute outpatient attendances
  • Around 280,000 fewer urgent cancer referrals
  • Up to 25,900 fewer patients starting first cancer treatments following a decision to treat
  • Up to 15,000 fewer patients starting first cancer treatments following an urgent GP referral.

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