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BMA urges plan to tackle backlog of patients awaiting non-covid treatment

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 04 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2238

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Covid-19 related hospital admissions in the United States

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The government urgently needs to set out a plan to reduce the huge backlog of patients waiting for NHS treatments unrelated to covid-19 in the wake of the pandemic, the BMA has said.

The call came as the BMA released the results of its latest survey of over 8000 doctors. It found that more than half (3754 of 7238) were either not very confident or not confident at all that their department would be able to manage patient demand as NHS services resumed.1

“The government must be honest with the public about the surge to come and start meaningful conversations with frontline clinicians …

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