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Your rights if your operation is cancelled due to Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has put enormous strain on our healthcare system, with our dedicated NHS staff working tirelessly to tend to the thousands of extra patients this unforgiving virus has generated.

As the Covid-19 crisis has deepened, increased hospitalisations have forced most routine or elective surgery to be halted, numerous outpatient appointments and referrals have been delayed, and screening and tests for medical conditions were deferred or cancelled.

Delays between Covid-19 vaccinations

Delays between Covid-19 vaccinations

In taking the decision to delay the second dose, the Government has effectively decided that it was better to provide more people with limited protection in the shortest possible time and thus help protect the NHS from being overrun, than offer fewer people the maximum possible protection.

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Claiming compensation if you or a loved one were infected with Covid-19 in a care home

If you were left seriously ill or a loved one has died of Covid-19 in a care home, you may be entitled to claim compensation, as long as you can show that someone else’s negligence was to blame. To prove negligence you must show the person responsible owed you a duty of care, that they breached this duty of care and that you or your loved one suffered injury as a result.