The Guardian: Care for 2m Britons with long Covid ‘woefully inadequate’, say top nurses

The Guardian has an article on the lack of facilities to cope with the number of people affected by Long COVID.

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NHS services for the 2 million Britons struggling with long Covid are “woefully inadequate” given how many people are being diagnosed with the condition, nurses’ leaders have warned.

There are too few specialist clinics to handle the soaring demand for treatment, with only a tiny number of sufferers receiving any help, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said.

The Office for National Statistics estimated last week that the number of people in the UK suffering with continuing symptoms of Covid such as fatigue, muscle pain and breathing problems has doubled in a year from 1 million in May 2021 to 2 million last month.

But the RCN claimed that “existing services are woefully inadequate to meet the level of demand”. Warning of a “postcode lottery in access to care, it has also voiced concern that “diagnosis and treatment vary hugely across the UK, with long Covid treated as a physical condition in some clinics but predominantly as a psychological condition in others”.

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on coronavirus, said: “Around 2 million people in the UK are living with long Covid and yet the government is still failing to fully grasp the enormity of the challenge this condition presents to people’s livelihoods, the economy and our public services.”

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