NHS shut down more services during Covid than almost most of Europe

The NHS shut down more services during the first year of the pandemic than almost any other country in Europe, a major study has found.

Cancer-related surgery in the UK is down by more than a quarter (26 per cent) in 2020 compared to 2019, potentially reducing patients’ chances of survival.

It was the second highest drop of the 30 countries analyzed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), trailing only Romania, which saw a 29.8 percent decline.

In contrast, Denmark experienced minimal disruption to cancer operations due to Covid, with only a 0.6 percent drop over the same period, according to the 2022 Health at a Glance report.

Cancer-related surgery in the UK fell by more than a quarter (26 per cent) in 2020 compared to 2019, potentially reducing patient survival rates

Britain Also Had The Highest Drop-Off In Elective Surgeries In Europe During The Covid Pandemic

Britain also had the highest drop-off in elective surgeries in Europe during the Covid pandemic

More Than 30 Per Cent Of Over-65S With A Chronic Condition Had A Health Appointment Canceled Or Postponed During The First Year Of The Pandemic In The Uk, More Than In Germany, Norway, Sweden, France And Switzerland

More than 30 per cent of over-65s with a chronic condition had a health appointment canceled or postponed during the first year of the pandemic in the UK, more than in Germany, Norway, Sweden, France and Switzerland

Britain is not a boozy capital of Europe: the UK is in the middle, OECD data shows

Today'S Official Data Showed That The Uk Is Actually In The Middle Range In Terms Of Alcohol Consumption, Behind France And Germany

Today’s official data showed that the UK is actually in the middle range in terms of alcohol consumption, behind France and Germany

Britain is not the boozing capital of Europe, according to official data revealed today.

The UK is actually in the middle of the pack in terms of alcohol consumption, behind both France and Germany.

A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that Britons drank 9.7 liters of pure alcohol per adult in 2020 – 0.1 less than the EU average.

It was the equivalent of about nine pints of low-strength beer or six large glasses of wine a week.

Latvia had the highest rate with 12.1 liters per adult during the year, while France had 10.4 and Germans drank 10.6.

The OECD and the European Commission Health at a glance: Europe 2022 report compared the total amount of pure alcohol sold to people aged 15 and over in countries across Europe.

It compared totals in 2010 with 2020, or the closest annual data available for each country.

After Latvia, the Czech Republic was the most drunk country in 2020, drinking an average of 11.6 liters per year.

It was followed by Lithuania (11.4 litres), Austria (11.3) and Bulgaria (11.2).

Cancer-related hysterectomies were particularly hard hit, with the number of hysterectomies performed in the UK falling by more than a third (36 per cent).

This was more than any other country and corresponds to an average drop of 19 percent in the 21 EU countries that provided data.

Meanwhile, UK knee replacements fell by 68 per cent and hip replacements by 46 per cent – ​​both also more than any other country, leaving patients with crippling pain for longer than without the outbreak.

Cataract surgery in the UK fell by 47 per cent in a year – twice the EU average drop of 23 per cent and behind only the Czech Republic and Romania.

The report says the decline in elective surgery in the UK was ‘much more pronounced than in any of the EU countries for which data are available’.

It is striking that Estonia performed 2 percent more hip replacements in 2020 than the year before and that the number of knee replacements in Switzerland fell by only 1 percent.

The NHS canceled most non-emergency surgeries and urged the public to stay away from hospitals and GP surgeries at the start of the pandemic as it prioritized Covid patients.

Some patients also chose to stay away from medical facilities for fear of contracting the virus.

In England, about 38,000 fewer patients were diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and 30,000 fewer patients started their first cancer treatment in 2020, compared to 2019.

Since September, there have been 900 more deaths from cancer than usual.

A technical briefing published by Sir Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, warned last week that the delay in care is likely to contribute to a “prolonged period of non-Covid excess mortality”. and morbidity after the worst period of the pandemic is over’.

The OECD report says EU countries performed 2 million fewer non-emergency or elective procedures in 2020 than in 2019.

It adds: ‘These “missing volumes” of surgeries have led to longer waiting times for patients requiring surgery, increasing patient dissatisfaction.’

The UK was one of only four countries in the report with a ‘major disruption’ of diagnostic CT and MRI scans, with a 14.8 per cent drop in a year.

Germany managed to keep diagnostic activity close to normal with only 0.3 percent fewer scans.

Naser Turabi, director of evidence and implementation at Cancer Research UK, said: “The pandemic has had a huge impact on cancer services, and surgery has been no exception.

“While capacity was reduced, measures were put in place, such as Covid-secured surgical hubs, to ensure the lights were kept on as best as possible while also ensuring cancer patients remained safe.

“But across the board, cancer services are being pushed to their limits.

‘People affected by cancer face excruciatingly long waiting times to get a diagnosis and start treatment, despite the tireless efforts of NHS staff.

“This government must act now to transform cancer care in this country from a lagging world to a leading one.”

An NHS spokesperson said: ‘It is simply wrong to suggest that the NHS has closed services during the pandemic.

As of March 2020, more than 780,000 people in England have started cancer treatment – 94 per cent within a month, while screening for breast and cervical cancer during the pandemic was about a fifth higher than the EU average and waiting times for hip – and knee replacements in the UK were the third lowest.

“While fewer people came forward during the early months of the pandemic, the NHS has worked extremely hard to encourage people to get checked for symptoms. ever before be screened for cancer — over 250,000 people in September alone.”

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