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Quantifying the cost of lockdown

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We have had plenty of anecdotes about people failing to be diagnosed with serious diseases during lockdown. This is thanks to either to hospitals cancelling appointments, GP surgeries stopping face-to-face meetings or people picking up the message that they should protect the NHS by trying not to use it. 

It seems clear that the rush to lockdown had significant unintended consequences for healthcare

But what about quantifying the problem? The National Institute for Health Research has attempted to do just this.

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