Surgeons warn of ‘tsunami’ of delayed operations as Covid cases continue to climb

The Royal College of Surgeons of England have said they doubt the NHS can meet targets to restore surgery back to near pre-pandemic levels, warning of a ‘tsunami’ of delayed operations as hospital admissions due to Covid-19 continue to rise. In July, the NHS told hospitals that by September 2020 they should be performing at least 80% of their pre-covid┬áplanned procedures and by October, this proportion should rise to 90%. However, with a great many planned and routine operations delayed over the summer as a result of Covid-19, the most recent NHS data suggests that a backlog remains with more than two million people having been waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine operations.

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