One of the most significant impacts of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic was a sharp reduction in the number of people coming forward and being referred urgently with suspected cancer and referred from screening programmes.
NHS England has launched a plan to ensure cancer services are maintained, including restoring demand at least to pre-pandemic levels and reducing the number of people waiting more than 62 days from urgent referral.
Three main aims of the plan
Restore demand to at least pre-pandemic levels.
Reduce number of people waiting longer than they should.
Ensure sufficient capacity to manage future demand.
The hard truths of Covid-19’s impact on cancer was that people with cancer found it harder to get the tests and treatment they needed. Secondly, progress in cancer survival went backwards for the first time in decades.