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Doctors have little confidence they can cope with backlog of patients due to coronavirus crisis

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TIRED doctors say they have little confidence they can cope with the backlog of patients built up in the pandemic, their union says.

And half of them said they were not confident of managing a second spike in Covid-19 infections.

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The British Medical Association survey of 7,000 doctors last week found 45 per cent were stressed — and 32 per cent put it down to the pandemic.

Asked if there had been a change in demand for non-Covid care last week, 43 per cent said there had been a significant increase and another 21 per cent said it was back to pre-March levels.

Half of doctors surveyed said they were either not very or not at all confident in coping if there was a second spike in Covid-19 infections.

36% were slightly confident in their ability to cope.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “This is the sixth survey of its kind by the BMA during the pandemic.


“As a snapshot, it’s clear that the NHS is in crisis and doctors are fearful and exhausted.

“The NHS was an already beleaguered health service with record waits in A&E and hospital waiting lists before this pandemic began.

“Since then, normal services have been put on hold, with resources diverted wholesale to the Covid-19 efforts at the expense of large numbers of other patients.”

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