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New ways to treat patients in shadow of virus will mean fewer can be seen

Eilish O'Regan



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The battle to reopen hospitals to deal with a backlog of non-Covid-19 patients and deliver care in the future under physical-distancing rules may prove harder than unlocking the doors of pubs.

Hospitals and GPs will have to find new ways of treating patients in the shadow of the virus, which will also make how care is managed slower, meaning fewer people can be seen.

Several public hospitals, which had put so much other non-Covid work on pause by deferring thousands of surgeries and appointments since early March, are now slowly trying to call in more patients for routine care. But it is something of a new world.