Looming Cancer Crisis
Recent headlines have indicted, “Substantial increases in the number of avoidable cancer deaths in England are to be expected as a result of diagnostic delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Urgent policy interventions are necessary, particularly the need to manage the backlog within routine diagnostic services to mitigate the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with cancer.” The Lancet.
The rhetoric of ‘Stay Home and Save the NHS’ along with the difficulty many patients have experienced in getting face to face appointments with their GP has, inevitably, led to a failure in early referrals for suspected cancer and delays in cancer treatment.
Of course, we were living in a time of uncertainty, however reports are now highlighting the concerning and devastating impact the pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions have had upon Non-Covid healthcare concerns, specifically cancer patients.
If you feel that you, family member or friend has suffered a delay in diagnosing cancer, or receiving treatment, please contact one of our specialist lawyers to discuss your concerns free of charge. We can also advise you of your potential funding options and whether you may be offered a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.