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PremierLeague-News.Com - The number of North East patients treated for non-Covid conditions last year was more than 200,000 down on what you'd normally expect
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! NHS hospitals face a backlog of patients waiting for treatment for conditions unrelated to Covid-19. Queues have risen after the health service spent more than 12 months concentrating on preventing deaths from coronavirus rather than treating other conditions. Expert fear the true number of patients needing treatment is higher than official waiting lists show, because some people with health conditions have simply stayed away from doctors in an attempt to support the NHS. In the North East, the number of people going to hospital between March and December 2020 was 200,000 fewer than in the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit the UK. The Government has launched what it calls a catch-up plan, with £1bn in funding specifically to deal with backlogs. It's part of a total package of £92 billion for the NHS over two years to cope with Covid. Asked about NHS waiting times during his visit to County Durham today, the Prime Minister said: “There’s no question that the NHS now faces a huge backlog." New figures out today show that 639,591 people are currently waiting for treatment in the North East and Yorkshire, which are classed as a single region by the NHS. Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a waiting list 77,152 people who have been referred for treatment and are waiting to receive it. While hospitals have always had waiting lists, this compares to from 71,972 people at the same time of year in 2019, before the pandemic began. Read More Related Articles MPs want laws to stop European Super League plan returning Read More Related Articles North East MPs call for an end to violence in Israel and Palestine but don't take sides It includes 14,495 people waiting for eye treatment, 6,723 requiring treatment for skin conditions and 7,712 people waiting for trauma and orthopaedics treatment. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a waiting list of 23,142 people, compared to 22,395 at the same point in 2019. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a waiting list of 34,198, up from 32,590, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has 14,982 patients waiting, compared to 10,984 in 2019. In England as a whole, the number of people in England waiting to start hospital treatment has risen to a new record high. A total of 4.95 million people were waiting to start NHS hospital treatment at the end of March – the highest number since records began in August 2007. Data from NHS England also showed that the number of people having to wait more than a year to start hospital treatment stood at 436,127 in March. This is the highest number for any calendar month since August 2007, when the figure was 578,682. Read More Related Articles Government urges young people to reject university and go to college instead Read More Related Articles Newton Aycliffe election: Promises to ‘get back to basics’ after Labour stumbles and turnout soars Think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies said the increased waiting lists were "only the tip of the iceberg".
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. Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Harvard University and Imperial College London shows there were 2.9 million fewer planned admissions, 1.2 million fewer non-COVID-19 emergency inpatient admissions and 17.1 million fewer outpatient appointments between March and December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. In the North East, there were 143,000 fewer elective admissions between March and December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. There were also 66,000 fewer emergency admissions, which comes to 209,000 in total. George Stoye, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said: "The waiting times figures are only the tip of the iceberg. As our report, released today, shows, there was huge disruption to planned and unplanned services in hospitals last year. Catching up on this care will take years and billions of pounds of additional health spending."
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Speaking at a primary school in Ferryhill, County Durham, Mr Johnson said: “It’s a massive national challenge but I also know that a great, great national institution that has proved itself capable of rising to the most phenomenal challenges. “It [the NHS] was never overwhelmed by Covid, it hasn’t been so far and I know it can cope with the backlog.” "I want to say to people who have conditions that need attention, whether it’s cancer or stroke or whatever, they should be coming forward to get the medical care they need." NHS England said the health service had seen almost a quarter of a million people with suspected cancer in March as services “began to bounce back” after the peak of the winter Covid wave.
Dame Cally Palmer, NHS cancer director, said: “From Covid-friendly cancer drugs to fast tracking specialist radiotherapy for patients, NHS staff have gone to great lengths to ensure cancer treatment could continue safely throughout the pandemic. “It is welcome news that more people than ever before came forward for potentially life-saving checks in March, with the vast majority being seen very quickly.” Tim Gardner, senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, said: “The NHS is beginning to show promising signs of recovery after the extreme strain placed on it by Covi-19. “The numbers of people being referred and treated for cancer is now above pre-pandemic levels, while important progress has been made towards getting routine hospital procedures back on track. ‘However, the latest figures continue to highlight the significant and growing backlog in routine hospital care, with nearly five million patients now on the waiting list and over 400,000 waiting longer than a year for treatment."
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