NHS hospitals are treating less than HALF the cancer patients they usually would

NHS hospitals are treating less than HALF the cancer patients they usually would as coronavirus surge overwhelms hospitals Around 10,000 fewer non-Covid patients in hospitals compared with December Three times as many frontline health workers are off sick compared to last year More than 3,800 cancer patients have been waiting over 62 days for treatment  

By Luke May For Mailonline

Published: 15:47 GMT, 10 January 2021 | Updated: 15:47 GMT, 10 January 2021

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NHS hospitals are treating less than half the cancer patients they usually would as a surge in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals.

Figures shared today non-Covid patient numbers have dropped by 10,000 in less than a month - while huge numbers of staff are also off sick.

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Yesterday Britain announced 59,937 new cases of Covid-19 - with rising demand putting added pressure on hospitals across the country, leaving them with little option but to close other services.

More than 3,800 cancer patients in London have waited more than two months for their first treatment, as the number of non-Covid patients in Britain's hospitals fell by 10,000 in less than a month, new figures reveal

More than 3,800 cancer patients in London have waited more than two months for their first treatment, as the number of non-Covid patients in Britain's hospitals fell by 10,000 in less than a month, new figures reveal

Dr Tom Dolphin from the British Medical Association, told the Sunday Telegraph: 'Hospitals are trying to increase capacity by reducing elective work to almost nothing but it feels that won't be enough.'

NHS England's cancer resilience plan states London hospitals need to treat more than 500 cancer patients each week.

As of this week, only 122 cancer cases were treated in NHS hospitals, with another 101

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