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The journal Lancet Oncology last week predicted that delays in treatment since Covid in March could lead to 3,500 avoidable cancer deaths in England in the next five years. With the NHS already struggling to meet demands prior to the pandemic, there is clearly going to be an impact on how the continuing and increased demand is going to be dealt with.
Whether a decision to delay treatment is correct is dependent on assessments and individual discussions to weigh up the risks of delay and the harm that may be caused as a result.
It will be interesting to see the Courts position on this issue as time passes. At Ramsdens our experienced Clinical Negligence team investigate a variety of medical issues, including delays in diagnosis.
If you or a member of your family have been affected by cancer diagnostic or treatment delays and would like to find out more about making a claim...speak to Ramsdens today by calling 01484 821 500, or email us at email@example.com to request a call back at your convenience.
August 27, 2020