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Letters Persistent victims of the covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 impact on patients: ease of access should be a clear aim of the NHS

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 04 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1941
  1. Simon Jonathan Ellis, neurologist
  1. Department of Neurology, University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke on Trent, UK
  1. simon.ellis{at}

Not only has the covid pandemic taken its toll on staff, the consequences for patients have also been dire.1

The rise in non-covid mortality won’t surprise anyone who has tried to access healthcare recently. The Office for National Statistics recorded a 14% rise in excess deaths, with 31.5% of those occurring at home.2 As a medical examiner I am frequently …

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