More than half of long-term physical or mental health patients have had their care cut due to coronavirus

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OVER half of long-term physical or mental health patients have had their care cancelled or cut in the pandemic.

And less than a third said their treatment had continued as normal said the Office for National Statistics.

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Of those whose care was cancelled or disrupted, around a quarter said they feel their health has deteriorated.

Helen Buckingham, of the Nuffield Trust health think tank, said: “These figures illustrate the painful decisions that had to be taken during the peak of the pandemic.

“The problems caused by coronavirus are far from over for the NHS or for patients.

“This backlog of people who missed treatment will make access to care very difficult.”

“We must get testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) right to improve the situation.

“We need to contain the virus so that it doesn’t start all over again.”

The survey also found most parents worry about kids returning to school due to Covid.

As well as fearing the virus, parents are fearing the mental health of their children due to changes brought about by the virus.

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