Cancer referrals drop 60% in lockdown - raising fears of 'unnecessary deaths'

6/11/2020 4:32:00 PM

Cancer referrals drop 60% in Covid lockdown - raising fears of 'unnecessary deaths'

Cancer referrals drop 60% in Covid lockdown - raising fears of 'unnecessary deaths'

CANCER referrals have dropped by 60 per cent in England during the coronavirus lockdown – raising fears of “unnecessary deaths”. Family doctors made 79,573 urgent cancer referrals…

: 11 Jun 2020, 14:32 CANCER referrals have dropped by 60 per cent in England during the coronavirus lockdown - raising fears of "unnecessary deaths".for the latest news & updates 8 The statue of slaver Robert Milligan was removed by workmen in East London last night Credit: Reuters The monument was removed following a petition Credit: Press Association It was taken away by truck Credit: Reuters It came after protestors threw the statue of Edward Colston in the harbour in Bristol Credit: PA:Press Association The tearing down of Colston's statue sparked a furious debate over which people get honoured with memorials in Britain, and a statue in London of 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan was taken down yesterday.Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app suggests the number of new coronavirus cases in Britain has halved in a week, with fewer than 5,000 people being infected each day.Bowel cancer may be linked to gut bacteria, researchers find A study by the University of Birmingham estimates 36,000 cancer procedures have been cancelled in the UK.

Family doctors made 79,573 urgent referrals in England in April - down from 199,217 in the same month last year.⚠️ Read our for the latest news & updates 1 Woman suffering from cancer talking to her doctor Credit: Getty - Contributor But despite the huge fall in demand, just 88 per cent were seen within the two week target - the lowest since records began in October 2009.The group said: "We believe these statues and other memorials to slave-owners and colonialists need to be removed so that Britain can finally face the truth about its past – and how it shapes our present.Referrals for breast cancer faced an even bigger fall of 78 per cent year on year.The figures were based on close to 13,000 swabs taken between 26 May and 6 June and then extrapolated to the wider population.In response to the worrying figures, Professor Karol Sikora, ex-WHO director, said: "We are going to lose far more people to cancer than we should."Statues are exercises of public adoration."I've spent my life fighting this relentless disease, the consequences of the delayed treatment/diagnosis we're seeing will be severe.” William Robinson, 83, was diagnosed with a tumour on his lung after having a stent put in his heart in March.

"It's going to take another national effort - the fightback starts today."He was part of a system of mass murder, torture and human suffering." There's a lot of people out there with cancer that don't know Prof Karol Sikora ex WHO director Speaking on BBC News, he explained: "The bottleneck is in the diagnostic phase and we've known that, but we didn't know how big it was going to be - so 60 per cent is a very significant drop."It's because partly because people are too frightened to come forward and secondly, the poor GP is stuck with the patient and the diagnostic service has collapsed." The list of statues and street names range from statues of Christopher Columbus in Belgravia, London, the famed explorer who colonised America to stained glass windows in Cambridge and street names in Croydon."You can't get an endoscopy or a scan because the NHS moved into - and did incredibly well - but now we've got to pick up quickly."Cancer doesn't wait - it doesn't take Easter off.Mr Khan told Sky News yesterday: "We've got to realise that our public realm statues, squares, street names don't accurately reflect our values, or London, in 2020.:: Listen to the Daily podcast on.

"And there's a lot of people out there with cancer that don't know." Devastating impact Campaigners have expressed their concern and said that the impact of coronavirus on cancer patients has been "devastating"." Full list of statues to be removed James George Smith Neill - monument - Ayr, Wellington Square Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde – Statue - Glasgow, George Square Sir Robert Peel - Statue - Glasgow, George Square Henry Dundas – Statue - Edinburgh, St Andrew's Square Grey's Monument - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Grainger Street William Armstrong - Memorial - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eldon Place Statue of Sir Robert Peel in George Square, Glasgow Sir Robert Peel – Statue - Leeds, Woodhouse Moor Robert Peel – Statue - Preston, Winkley Square Robert Peel – Statue - Bury Robert Peel – Statue - Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Manchester, Wythenshawe Road Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Warrington, Bridge Street Bryan Blundell - Blundell House - Liverpool, Liverpool Blue Coat School Christopher Columbus – Statue - Liverpool, Sefton Park Palm House William Leverhulme – Statue - Wirral, outside Lady Lever Art Gallery Henry Morton Stanley – Statue - Denbigh, Hall Square William Gladstone – Statue - Hawarden, Gladstone's Library, Church Lane Elihu Yale – Wetherspoons Pub - Wrexham, Regent Street Black man's head caricature - Ashbourne, Green Man Robert Clive – Statue - Shrewsbury, The Square Robert Peel – Statue - Tamworth, 27 Market Street H Morton Stanley – Park - Redditch, Morton Stanley Park Statue of Oliver Cromwell on Bridge Street, Warrington Oliver Cromwell – Statue - St Ives, Market Hill Ronald A.Sun Online columnist and stage 4 cancer patient, Deborah James said: "This drop in referrals means lives will be lost, and it is not acceptable."Yes we have faced coronavirus and we have shown we can move mountains for the NHS, but now we need to focus on the other C - cancer.It means dozens more monuments could be removed."Cancer still goes on, it's not going anywhere and the reality is that early diagnosis saves lives.

Catching the disease early really can mean the difference between life and death, so to see referrals drop this much is really worrying." 'APPROPRIATE MONUMENTS' And in Scotland, Adam McVey, leader of Edinburgh city council, told BBC Radio Scotland he would feel “absolutely no sense of loss” if the statue of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville responsible for delaying the abolition of the slave trade by 15 years, was removed from the 150ft Melville Monument." Sarah Woolnough, Cancer Research UK's executive director of policy and information, said: "These figures show just how much the virus has affected cancer waiting times."The dramatic fall in the number of urgent referrals is hugely concerning.Milligan was the driving force behind the building of the West India Docks in London."It means that tens of thousands of patients are in a backlog needing vital cancer care.Tens of thousands of patients are in a backlog needing vital cancer care Sarah Woolnough Cancer Research UK "This is why the NHS has been working hard to create 'COVID-protected' spaces for cancer services.Reports say the statue's removal was met with cheers and applause from onlookers.

"An essential part of this is frequent testing of NHS staff and patients, including those without symptoms, so that vulnerable patients aren't put at risk of contracting the virus."Patients need to know that cancer hospitals are a safe place to go, and that's why we are calling for the Government and the NHS to make this happen as quickly as possible.Protesters threatening to take down the Cecil Rhodes statue Credit: Twitter / OxfordAFN 8 A statue of Robert Milligan, an 18th century Scottish merchant who owned 526 slaves at his Jamaican sugar plantation, stands outside the Museum of the Docklands near Canary Wharf Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8 Workers can be seen removing the statue from its plinth after a similar one was toppled by protesters in Bristol over the weekend Credit: Reuters 8 Milligan is thought to have owned 526 African slaves who were forced to work on a plantation in Jamaica Credit: Reuters Protesters in Oxford campaign to pull down the statue of Cecil Rhodes Credit: Getty Images - Getty Credit: Getty Images - Getty London Mayor Sadiq Khan added the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm would work to introduce statues and memorials which "better reflect London" including the inclusion of more black, disabled and LGBTQ+ people." Signs of recovery She said there had been some signs of recovery since April and signs that patients are starting to contact their GPs again for telephone and online appointments."This is incredibly important and we continue to urge people to speak to their doctor if they are worried about potential cancer symptoms or have questions about their care," she said.Former Lord Mayor of London William Beckford, who has a statue inside London's Guildhall, is believed to have owned around 3,000 slaves in plantations in Jamaica.Professor Peter Johnson, NHS national clinical director for cancer, said: "These figures show that over the last three months NHS staff have been working incredibly hard to ensure that essential and urgent cancer treatment has been able to go ahead safely for thousands of people.

"But they also show what we have heard already, that many people have put off seeing their GP for possible symptoms due to fear of catching the virus or not wanting to burden staff.The foundation set up in memory of him provides support to schools and universities in London - including the Cass Business school."Lives are saved if more people are referred for checks, so my message to anyone who has a worrying symptom is: the NHS is here for you and can provide safe checks and treatment if you need it, so please help us help you, and get in touch with your local GP like you usually would." Separate figures from NHS England show the number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England in April 2020 was 41,121 - a sharp fall of 85% on the equivalent number for April 2019 (280,209).Yesterday, people were spotted trying to fish the statue of Colston out of the Bristol harbour as conflict emerged over how the protesters have behaved and whether statues should be removed.At the same time, the number of people having to wait more than 18 weeks to start treatment rose to 1.13 million, almost double the number in April 2019 (579,403) and the highest number for any calendar month since January 2008.Senior police chief Andy Bennet, who led the Avon and Somerset police operation in Bristol during the protests, said having officers guard the statue would have led to further violence and vandalism in the city.

Chemo buses Meanwhile, chemo buses are now travelling across England delivering treatment to sick Brits near their homes.The mobile units can deliver the drugs in hospital and supermarket car parks to help patients avoid crowded wards.He told the Bristol Post : “No one got hurt and we had no arrests in the whole protest.NHS bosses are keen to make cancer care as convenient as possible during the Covid crisis.One London trust has also put in drive-through chemotherapy pods where patients remain in their car until they are called to have therapy.” On the scrap heap - statues that could be torn down Cecil Rhodes - slave trader Rhodes was a 19th century mining magnate and imperialist who helped Victorian Britain colonise much of Southern Africa.There has also been fastrack rollout of a speedier form of radiotherapy that requires fewer than a quarter of the hospital visits.

Although some cancer treatments have been delayed due to the Covid crisis, almost 30,000 people started therapy in March.Beneficiaries include Bill Clinton and three former Australian PMs.Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive said: “While the NHS has pulled out all the stops to care for nearly 100,000 older and vulnerable patients who have needed emergency hospital treatment for Covid, staff have also worked hard to sustain other services including A&E, maternity care and treatment for urgent and emergency conditions."Hospitals are going to great lengths to deliver care and treatment for patients in a safe space, from online consultations to chemo buses and Covid-free surgical hubs.Sir John Cass - member of the Royal African Company Sir John Cass was a philanthropist and a slaver, who was a member of the Royal African Company's Court of Assistance for three years in the 1700s.” Sara Bainbridge, Head of Policy and Influence at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “These innovations are welcome, and will play a role in getting cancer care back on track.“However, many thousands of people across the country have had their care disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, at what is already an incredibly anxious time for many people living with cancer.Thomas Guy - made money off the slave trade Thomas Guy, who one King's College London's campuses is named after, made his fortune off of investing in the slave trade.

“We cannot afford for cancer to become the ‘forgotten C’ in this pandemic.” A&E visits drop The latest NHS figures also show that A&E admissions are "at a record low" as patients continue to stay away.He clarified: "I suspect the commission may come back and say it's not appropriate to be memorialising, to be celebrating these people.A total of 1.3 million attendances were recorded in May 2020, down from 2."There are statues of plantation owners and their contribution is solely the money they made through plantations.2 million attendances in May last year.

NHS England, which published the figures, said the fall was "likely to be a result of the Covid-19 response" - an indication that people have continued to stay away from A&E departments because of the outbreak.The London Mayor said people needed to learn about famous figures, such as Churchill, Gandhi and Malcolm X, "warts and all" and that "nobody was perfect.The year-on-year drop in A&E attendances of 42 per cent in May compares with a fall of 57 per cent recorded in April.Emergency admissions to A&E departments at hospitals in England also showed a fall last month, down 27 per cent from 547,382 in May 2019 to 398,407 in May 2020.The Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaign group has called for the image of the mining magnate and empire builder to be removed from Oriel College, arguing the university has "failed to address its institutional racism".This is the second lowest number reported for any calendar month since current records began in August 2010.NHS England again said this was likely to be a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.The PM said: "(We do not) desecrate public monuments, we have a democracy in this country.

Dr Rebecca Fisher, senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, described the figures as a "wake up call".Most read in Health News SUMMER'S BACK 26C scorcher this weekend starts eight day mini-heatwave after rain storms MEAN STREETS Priti slams 'sickening' vid of cops being battered in street as people laugh SCOUTRAGE Scouts salute Baden-Powell statue and try to stop removal over ‘Nazi sympathies’ SPLASH OF COLOUR Woman makes home unsellable after 30 years decorating and you'll see why HANDS OFF Brits told not to take hand luggage on planes and wear face masks in airports TRUE TOLL Coronavirus deaths 'may be less than half official toll', says ex-WHO chief She said: "More needs to be done to ensure people with cancer and other serious health conditions get the treatment they need, to avoid storing up worse health problems for the future." Protests in London over the weekend Credit: Reuters A protester tried to set fire to the UK flag in London Credit: PA:Press Association CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - STAY IN THE KNOW Don't miss the latest news and figures - and essential advice for you and your family."Along with dramatic falls in people visiting A&E and getting routine hospital treatment during lockdown, there is growing evidence that more people are going without the care they need for serious health conditions."The government and the NHS must work together to ensure people can use health services without putting themselves at increased risk of catching the virus." Man, 27, ‘fighting for life’ with aggressive cancer after coronavirus crisis delayed NHS scan Topics.

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