Coronavirus (COVID-19)—DHSC speaks on public health and social backlogs

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—DHSC speaks on public health and social backlogs

LNB News 20/09/2021 61

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid’s, speech at the Grange Community Centre, Blackpool, regarding the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He began by talking of the backlog, which stands at 5.5 million people waiting for elective treatment and this figure could rise to 13 million. This includes 250,000 people waiting for heart-related surgery and 300,000 fewer cancer referrals than expected. The DHSC hopes that the Health and Care levy will address the backlog.

Javid also mentioned the social backlog, as coronavirus admission rates for the most deprived were 2.9 times higher than the least deprived in England and though 14% of the UK population are BAME, over a third of critical care admissions were from these groups. Javid expects the levelling up agenda will even out the disparities and help provide equal opportunities for all.

Over the pandemic, 3.7 million adults reported feeling lonely. The People Recovery Task Force aims to support staff and set up forty mental health hubs across England. Furthermore, the Mental Health Act will be updated to ensure those affected are met with compassion.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will launch on 1 October 2021 and aims to level up health. It looks at preventing smoking, obesity and drinking and methods of detecting and acting on health conditions, such as cancer, early. It is also expected to examine the wider factors that contribute to health outcomes, such as occupation, housing, environment, and education.

Source: The hidden costs of COVID-19: the social backlog

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