The NHS should start treating ALL patients again

The NHS has been only able to cope with the pandemic because it has reduced its services to provide care only for extremely ill patients. It has called on retired and newly qualified staff to swell the numbers and staff members have been redeployed to critical care. Most cancer care and routine surgery has been cancelled. GP referrals to hospital have fallen massively. Now that we are past the peak all NHS services need to start being reintroduced in a phased manner.

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I fear that more people will die due to the indirect effects of lockdown overall than from covid-19. People are scared to go to hospital and some of them are dying of treatable natural disease as a consequence. Time will tell but it appears that deaths from suicide, drugs and homicide are all increased in the last few months.

by mlpmarathon on May 08, 2020 at 09:37AM

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  • Posted by Babyboos May 08, 2020 at 09:49

    Suicide drugs and homicide hardly related reduction in face to face NHS appointments suicide realistically may be linked to mental health issues exacerbated by lockdown and loss of face to face counselling or access to go for drug therapies
  • Posted by JohnLyall May 08, 2020 at 09:57

    Serious problems and large backlash to be expected with every other chronic condition, undiagnosed cancer, cardiac conditions, unmanaged hypertension and mental health. The list is endless. Access to Primary care problematic and total erosion of dental services. Its like there is two NHS services running at the moment. A Covid model and trying to get the rest started. Not Easy.
  • Posted by Kim May 08, 2020 at 10:03

    NHS need to open up for other serious conditions soon. I am aware that they have nurses in clinics on stand by for Covid-19 but who are actually not doing anything and the patients are suffering.
  • Posted by Dwilliams21 May 08, 2020 at 10:41

    I think this should be prioritised above other options to avoid creating excess deaths later. I’d be prepared to continue with personal restrictions to support this and reduce the risk of R growing above 1
  • Posted by Jojo1 May 08, 2020 at 11:15

    The NHS is there to treat all kinds of conditions . Covid is a tiny proportion and unnecessary suffering and illness is being allowed to happen for non Covid situations. Don’t understand this disproportionate focus .
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