Hospitals in England will miss target for restoring pre-Covid services

Most trusts in England ‘will fall short’ of official edict to return to 90% of elective surgery and outpatient procedures

Most hospitals in England will fall short of official demands to increase their services back to almost pre-Covid levels next month as they continue to deal with the fallout from the pandemic, health service insiders have warned.

An official edict by NHS England called on trusts across the country to return a series of services back to 90% of activity levels seen before the crisis hit. However, insiders warned that the continued need for extra precautions to cope with Covid-19 meant some hospital trusts would still be 30% below their pre-crisis capacity.

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