Newly-released statistics are beginning to indicate the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has been having on other areas of medicine and healthcare.

As reported by the BBC, the British Heart Foundation has estimated that around 28,000 heart-related procedures, such as diagnosis tests and stent implementation, have been delayed during the virus outbreak.

The associate medical director of the BHF, Dr Babu-Narayan, is reported as saying, “If hospital investigations and procedures are delayed too long, it can result in preventable permanent long-term complications, such as heart failure.”

Similarly, the NHS performance figures on cancer care also reveal a significant decline in the number of patients receiving much-needed procedures or tests. Waiting times for treatment rose dramatically in April of this year in comparison with April 2019.

In addition, the number of patients being assessed for cancer fell, estimated to be a drop of approximately 60 per cent.

The chair of the British Medical Association council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, commented that “the longer the backlog persists, patients’ conditions will grow more acute or go undiagnosed.”

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