‘Restarting Is Harder Than Stopping’: UK Elective Care Faces Challenges Beyond COVID-19
Elective surgery is only “elective” in terms of timing, and is not optional. So says British Orthopaedic Association VP-elect John Skinner in the context of how post-COVID-19 planned care will move forward in the UK.
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