It is stretched by the massive backlog of patients that couldn't be seen during Covid.
So lockdown -> increased waiting lists -> we must have more lockdown...right.
Now clearly it is not a simple thing of saying no lockdown = no increased in waiting lists but there are 3 factors at play here:
- Genuine delays for example caused by NHS staff having to be reassigned temporarily.
- People being scared/put off going to seek medical help
- Ongoing delays in reopening.
How are waiting lists in say Sweden or states in the US without lockdowns? I would prsume that if they were worse than us we might have heard about it...
While I am sure it was, was there a similar programme called perhaps 'Public House' which described the stretch many businesses are under to tread water financially let alone catch up on 16 months of heavy restrictions. Or from a teacher working with special needs kids trying to catch up on months of being absent from school. This is not a single factor equation.I found watching "Hospital" on Tuesday night instructive about the costs to the NHS, and the stretch it is under to catch up.