Covid impact on NHS capacity in England to last ‘several years’

Government urged to ‘manage public expectations’ about situation as NHS faces ‘triple whammy’ of pandemic pressures

Ministers must be honest with the public that patients face “several years” of waiting longer than usual for treatment because Covid-19 has disrupted so many services, NHS leaders have warned.

The health service is facing a “triple whammy” of pandemic pressures involving the recent rise in numbers of people being treated in hospital, a large backlog of patients not treated in the spring and the ongoing drive to restore normal care.

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