Fear of contacting GPs during Covid outbreak ‘fuelling missed diagnoses’

Study of GP records in Salford shows diagnoses up to 50% lower than expected in spring

Concerns around contacting GPs during the coronavirus outbreak could be fuelling a rise in missed or delayed diagnoses, researchers have said.

A growing body of research has suggested that patients have avoided seeking medical attention because of the pandemic. Figures have revealed a large increase in the numbers of people dying at home, while visits to A&E have been markedly reduced.

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