Coronavirus: Hidden suffering of cancer victims: Patients with the disease or other serious conditions such as sepsis or a stroke are not seeking hospital help because they don’t want to burden NHS during coronavirus crisis

Hidden suffering of cancer victims: Patients with the disease or other serious conditions such as sepsis or a stroke are not seeking hospital help because they don’t want to burden NHS during coronavirus crisis [LINK].

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is ‘very concerned’ that patients are shunning the NHS because they either don’t want to be a burden or they are worried about catching the virus.

The organisation, which represents 23 colleges, is particularly concerned about the implications for cancer, with figures showing a sharp fall in patients seeing their GP with symptoms.

Provisional data for last month shows the number of patients being referred by family doctors on the urgent ‘two-week wait’ pathway to a hospital consultant was 50 per cent lower than in February.

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