BIVDA CEO Doris-Ann Williams has recently spoken to The Independent, stating that the UK should prepare for a wave of non-COVID deaths from undiagnosed illnesses owing to millions of missed or delayed tests due to the pandemic.
Doris-Ann pointed to unreleased BIVDA data which shows that a lack of testing for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer since March 2020 could cause a significantly high number of now unavoidable deaths.
BIVDA figures show tests for prostate cancer have fallen 17 per cent, testing for anaemia is down 29 per cent, while cholesterol tests have fallen 16 per cent, indicating that cardiovascular diseases have gone either unchecked or treated.
Other major issues include a lack of diabetes testing over the past 20 months which will lead to a “serious diabetes problem” in 15 to 20 years, while a lack of regular GP check-ups for over-75s means deaths and health issues among our elderly population will rise.
Doris-Ann is quoted as saying, “I think we are storing up problems for the immediate future. The quicker we pick up disease the quicker it can be treated, and the quicker people can manage their condition or cure it. We all know, the longer you leave it the harder it is to treat.”
“If you think about elderly people not getting health checks, it could be it could be that they’re fine, but it could be that they’ve got a problem that needs to be dealt with. If it isn’t picked up now, they could end up having a problem that stops them from being able to live independently.
“They might need extra treatment by the NHS at some point in the future, and they might need extra social services care. There’s all those sorts of knock-on effects.”