The NHS has revealed a drop of around 33% in surgical procedures being carried out in England and Wales last year due to the impact of Covid. There are now fears that ongoing disruption could impact millions of people for years to come.
Recently published Health Foundation data suggests the NHS could soon be overwhelmed. While this was a significant threat during the pandemic's peak when Covid hospitalisations were rocketing, this problem stems from a shortage of GPs as patient numbers rise.
Council leaders from across England have signed a letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, demanding that the government honours its promise to sort out social care across the nation. The Local Government Association has sent the letter urging the government to set out plans in the Queen’s Speech this week.