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Why GPs are awaiting a surge in patients in the fallout from Covid-19


NICE dropped the referral threshold to 3% some years ago so I doubt it'll make that much difference initially. People still turn up to hospitals with advanced malignancy despite this policy. It will be interesting to review the outcomes in a few years to see how big the impact is. I suspect NG12 might turn out to be as useless as cancer screening, more of a political target than a medical one. The greatest impact is likely to be the loss of ITU capacity to provide peri-operative care to the known malignancies. This whole thing would be helped by better supply of proper PPE reducing the overall spread of COVID19 withing the healthcare system and allowing more hospital services to stay open and save lives.

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01 Jun 2020

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