Martin Usher, a member of the Major Trauma Group, argues that the need for increased access to rehabilitation services has never been more important as the NHS recovers from the impact of the pandemic.
He calls for an injection of funding to address the backlog and the shortfall in investment.
As we leave an undeniably tough winter behind, it is very encouraging to have multiple vaccines at our disposal. The rapid progression of vaccine development has been nothing short of incredible, and the ongoing vaccination programme provides hope for the future of a return to some semblance of normality. While things are looking up, many people have been left behind by the pandemic, and one group that has been adversely affected over the course of the last year is major trauma victims.
Individuals that suffer major trauma injuries rely on access to rehabilitation services, but such access has been limited throughout the course of the pandemic due to the strain COVID-19 has put on the NHS. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to the burden the NHS is facing and following the recent rise in COVID-19 infections the harmful impact on both the NHS and major trauma victims is likely to increase. It is clear that rehabilitation services need serious assistance and we cannot afford to delay this any longer
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