Health secretary Sajid Javid has said he will conduct a ’10-year war on cancer’ after patients battling the disease have been neglected during the pandemic.

The pandemic became most notable in March 2020 where the country then went into a national lockdown. As a result of this all the public services were stretched, especially the health service.

The NHS has been under pressure even before the pandemic but with their intensive care units being filled up it forced the NHS to postpone treatment.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said that during the peak of the Covid pandemic on average 275 patients a week were having their operations postponed.

This graph shows the percentage of cancer patients who received urgent treatment within two months.

Analysis from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that there are now 500,000 people missing a cancer diagnosis who are at risk of becoming part of “the forgotten C of the coronavirus crisis

With the latest announcement from No.10, Sajid Javid is pushing for NHS England to have the best cancer treatment in Europe:

Credit: Sajid Javid  

The timing of the announcement comes as pandemic restrictions are lifted and infections are falling.

Pressure put on the NHS by the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an estimated 32,000 operations being cancelled or postponed in England over the course of the last two years.

It is believed that from March 2020 to February 2021 4,003 people died waiting for treatment for cancer because of the pandemic.

Health case assistant, Nesisa, who worked on a children’s ward in Nottingham, during the Covid outbreak believes the move to online appointments made the situation worse:

he health secretary has said the government are to build a ‘world class cancer workforce’.