Indirect effects of the pandemic: highlighting the need for data-driven policy and preparedness. Sage Journals

Background: Whether through government reports, such as the Health and Social Care Committee’s ‘Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic’ publication1 or recent media coverage, NHS backlogs, now estimated to affect over six million people, are in the spotlight.2 How we tackle such backlogs in cardiovascular disease and cancer (diseases which together constitute the largest disease burden in the UK and globally3) is critical for citizens’ health and healthcare delivery during and beyond the pandemic and can inform our response for other diseases.