Majority of doctors in east concerned about coronavirus backlog

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The majority of doctors in the East of England say they are very concerned patients will suffer because of the backlog of cases built up during lockdown.

More than 60% of doctors were ‘very concerned’ whilst 36% said they were ‘somewhat concerned’ in a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA).

With surgeries pushed back and routine appointments cancelled because of covid, many areas across East Anglia have seen dramatic increases in those waiting for treatment.

The findings also show over half thought it would take over a year to get through some surgeries. 

The national survey asked thousands of doctors questions about the current situation. 

Many say they are feeling worse than at the start of the pandemic, with four in ten doctors suffering from depression, anxiety, stress or mental health conditions.