The NHS shut down more services during the first year of the pandemic than nearly every other nation in Europe, new figures suggest.
Cancer-related surgery in the UK dropped by more than a quarter (26 per cent) in 2020 compared to 2019, according to data compiled by the OECD and the European Commission.
It was the second-highest fall among the 30 countries included in the Health at a Glance 2022 report, ranking only behind Romania, which saw a 30 per cent drop.
In comparison, Denmark experienced barely any disruption to cancer surgery with a 0.6 per cent fall in 2020 compared to the previous year.
The UK saw the biggest drop in cancer-related hysterectomies, which fell by 36 per cent compared to an average drop of 19 per cent in the 21 EU countries included in the analysis.NHS shut down more services during Covid than almost every European country
NHS shut down more services during Covid than almost every European country