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Royal College of Physicians responds to NHS figures showing fall in backlog of care

The RCP has responded to NHS figures showing that operations and other routine care are ahead of ambitions set out in April.

In response to the latest figures, Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said: “Our members have been working incredibly hard throughout the pandemic and their passion, commitment and drive are clear in the data we’ve seen today. We still have a long way to go, but to see the huge backlog of elective care caused by the pandemic slowly starting to reduce, is really positive.

“Elective care is only part of the story though. As the data show, the pressures on urgent and emergency care services are very high, with some hospitals busier than they have ever been before. We are in a fragile position and need to carefully manage the emerging surge of COVID-19, as it could threaten all that we have achieved.”

More information on the data can be found here.