EHS-COVID (444) Covid: Cancer backlog in UK NHS could take a decade to clear

24 September, 2021

If this is the picture in the relatively well-resourced UK, what is the situation in other countries? Read online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58670553

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'It could take more than a decade to clear the cancer-treatment backlog in England, a report suggests.

Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research estimated 19,500 people who should have been diagnosed had not been, because of missed referrals.

If hospitals could achieve a 5% increase in the number of treatments over pre-pandemic levels, it would take until 2033 to clear the backlog...

Between March 2020 and February 2021, the number of referrals to see a specialist dropped by nearly 370,000 on the year before, a fall of 15%.

Behind these figures are thousands of people for whom it will now be too late to cure their cancer, the report, with the CF health consultancy, warns...'

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org