Non-Covid-19 Related Work in Hospitals

I have received the enclosed response to my Parliamentary Question about Non-Related Covid-19 work in hospitals:

The Department of Health and Social Care has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (81472):

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the NHS has made in resuming non-covid-19 related work in hospitals and surgeries in England. (81472)

Tabled on: 28 August 2020

Edward Argar:

The National Health Service has continued to progress with resuming non-COVID-19 services. There was an increase of 13% in patients beginning their first cancer treatment within 31 days following a decision to treat in June 2020 compared to May, whilst the number of completed admitted pathways following a consultant-led referral for treatment increased by 73% over the same period.

As the NHS has continued to restore services, further guidance was issued to local NHS providers and commissioners on 31 July outlining the next phase of the NHS response to COVID-19 and concurrent non-COVID-19 activity. The focus is on accelerating the return of non-COVID-19 health services to near-normal levels, including making full use of available capacity between now and winter, whilst also preparing for winter demand pressures. This will be done alongside continued vigilance in light of any further COVID-19 spikes locally and possibly nationally.

The answer was submitted on 09 Sep 2020 at 10:52.


  1. Jess
    September 9, 2020

    How does a national health service justify neglecting hundreds of thousands of patients for months on the basis of a virus that has killed less than flu does every year?
    How does it justify covering up the massive manipulation of death figures?
    How does it justify striking off or sacking any of it’s workers that seek to discuss this cover up?
    What will it say to the relatives of the thousands of dead patients that could have still been alive if it had done it’s job?

    1. Original Chris
      September 10, 2020

      Also how does it justify sending COVID patients back to care homes KNOWING that the residents were the most at risk group of the population, that it would spread swiftly amongst these vulnerable and frail individuals, that the most likely outcome for these vulnerable adults was death if they caught COVID? Manslaughter charges?

  2. Narrow Shoulders
    September 10, 2020

    Percentage increases from a low base are meaningless I am afraid.

    Will the Treasury stop taking 12% IPT from the private health insurance that we can’t use due to government measures?

    1. Peter
      September 10, 2020

      Absolutely right. The base was so low these figures are meaningless. JR should push for some actual numbers not % increases.

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