The wider impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the NHS

Document type
Briefing
Author(s)
Propper, Carol; Stoye, George; Zaranko, Ben
Publisher
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
9 April 2020
Series
IFS Briefing Note; BN280
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

Download (271KB )

The coronavirus pandemic will have huge impacts on the National Health Service (NHS). Patients suffering from the illness are placing 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 will not only affect patients with the coronavirus, but will have large knock-on effects on the care provided to the wider population. This briefing note examines the 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.

 

More from Social welfare collection

Related to Social Policy

Household spending and coronavirus

Briefing note on household spending during the coronavirus lockdown

Leaving no one behind: ILC briefing on the coronavirus support package for the self-employed

Briefing on the coronavirus support package for the self-employed

More items related to this subject