Millions of people may be affected for years to come by the disruption to surgery across England and Wales, possibly for many years ahead.
It has been reported that hospitals have performed around 1.5 million fewer surgeries which may also be in part because people have not attended for their operation or treatment.
Those who have not come forward for their surgeries or treatments it had been found, could be due to fear of contracting COVID-19, or that there were fewer accidents that caused significant injury requiring surgery.
Findings showed surgeries that involved gall bladders, burn reconstructions and hip and knee replacements were among those that experienced the shortest fall.
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Source: BBC News, 18 June 2021