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The wider impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the NHS*

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Title: The wider impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the NHS*
Authors: Propper, C
Stoye, G
Zaranko, B
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The coronavirus pandemic has had huge impacts on the National Health Service (NHS). Patients suffering from the illness have placed unprecedented demands on acute care, particularly on intensive care units (ICUs). This has led to an effort to dramatically increase the resources available to NHS hospitals in treating these patients, involving reorganisation of hospital facilities, redeployment of existing staff and a drive to bring in recently retired and newly graduated staff to fight the pandemic. These increases in demand and changes to supply have had large knock‐on effects on the care provided to the wider population. This paper discusses likely implications for healthcare delivery in the short and medium term of the responses to the coronavirus pandemic, focusing primarily on the implications for non‐coronavirus patients. Patterns of past care suggest those most likely to be affected by these disruptions will be older individuals and those living in more deprived areas, potentially exacerbating pre‐existing health inequalities. Effects are likely to persist into the longer run, with particular challenges around recruitment and ongoing staff shortages.
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/81996
DOI: 10.1111/1475-5890.12227
ISSN: 0143-5671
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 345
End Page: 356
Journal / Book Title: Fiscal Studies
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Copyright Statement: © 2020 The Authors. Fiscal Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. on behalf of Institute for Fiscal Studies This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
National Institute for Health Research
Funder's Grant Number: 788529
GV00132:512
Keywords: Social Sciences
Business, Finance
Economics
Business & Economics
coronavirus
COVID-19
treatment disruptions
National Health Service
Social Sciences
Business, Finance
Economics
Business & Economics
coronavirus
COVID-19
treatment disruptions
National Health Service
Economics
1402 Applied Economics
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2020-06-03
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School



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