As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, records have shown that Accident and Emergency (A&E) visits in England have halved.
In the month of April, figures revealed 916,581 attendance which is the lowest record since 2010. Previously, above 2.1 million patients a month were visiting the A&E and in March figures dropped to 1.53 million due to the outbreak.
As face-to-face contact has been restricted, community services have been curtailed due to the reassignment of staff. For instance, health visitors have been performing their consultations with new mother using video technology.
Although ministers have called for a restoration of services, coronavirus has disrupted everything from cancer care to routine surgery.
Data from the NHS has revealed that urgent cancer referrals by GDPs and routine operations have slowed. In fear of the coronavirus, people who suffered strokes and heart problems might have stayed away.
NHS officials have encouraged patients to seek medical attention whenever it’s necessary. Dr Deb Lowe who is the NHS England clinical director for stroke said that she and fellow doctors were “really worried” that the numbers seeking help for stroke care had gone down.
The death toll in England could rise not only because of the coronavirus but due to several other causes like stroke and cancer. More people may die in the UK because of failure to urgently seek proper medical attention.
Lynda Thomas, Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive said despite urgent cancer care being prioritized during the lockdown, services were still affected, while she fears some patients were put off seeking help.