Coronavirus has set back health services by almost two decades according to the new report which detailed a collapse in essential medical assistance. Key health services were interrupted for the rest of the population suffering from ailments besides coronavirus during the pandemic. The WHO report said: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential health services is a source of great concern.
“Major health gains achieved over the past two decades can be wiped out in a short period of time.
“The collapse of essential health services including health promotion, preventive services, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitative and palliative service is likely to have serious adverse health effects especially on the most vulnerable populations.”
Vice-chairman at Vasculitis UK, John Mills, told RT: “The health service is certainly under because the Government over the past 10 years has underfunded the NHS.
“Although the Government have set out targets to recruit additional staff, I don’t know where they are going to come from.
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“One of the big problems is the people who work in the NHS are very poorly paid. There’s no great incentive for people to join this and there’s no sign it’s going to get better in the near future.”
In July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a £3billion cash injection to help the NHS in the battle against the disease.
The Prime Minister said the Health Service would face a double-fight later this year as it grapples with the “usual winter pressures” as well as coronavirus.
It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government will do “everything in our power” to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in the UK.
Mr Hancock said a new rapid Covid-19 test that also picks up winter illnesses can be administered by non-healthcare professionals “in under 90 minutes”.
He added: “These tests do not require a trained health professional to operate them, so they can be rolled out in more non-clinical settings.”
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth questioned the Government’s track-and-trace figures, telling the Commons: “In order to avoid a second national lockdown, which we all want to avoid, an effective test and trace regime is absolutely vital.
“I listened carefully to the figures (Matt Hancock) outlined but he didn’t tell the House that of the numbers actually going into the system, they have fallen in the last week – down from 79 percent to 72 percent. “This system is not yet world-beating.”