Lockdown 'helped save NHS from collapse with fewer Brits going to A&E'
LOCKDOWN helped save the NHS from collapse, figures show. And that has fuelled calls to reopen the economy once the most vulnerable are vaccinated.
Stats obtained by The Sun on Sunday show last month’s hospital admissions were lower than in January 2017.
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January is usually the worst month but A&E visits plunged by almost a third.
It means fewer people are going to hospital with other ailments.
NHS beds occupied in 2017 were 116,545, compared with 116,186 last month.
Emergency admissions were down from 492,273 in 2017.
MP Mark Harper, chair of the Covid Recovery Group, said: "The Government and the NHS have done a fantastic job hitting the target of getting the top four at-risk groups their all-important first dose by February 15.
“From the figures unearthed by the Sun on Sunday, it is clear from the big drop in A&E attendance that significant numbers of people with serious health conditions have been discouraged from attending hospital.”
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