Fears of long-Covid crisis as demand for rehabilitation services surges

Demand for occupational therapy soared by more than 80 per cent in six months, survey finds

Emily Atkinson
Sunday 22 May 2022 00:15
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<p>The government has been accused of failing to act in response to the growing crisis caused by long Covid </p>

The government has been accused of failing to act in response to the growing crisis caused by long Covid

Health officials are calling for urgent intervention from the government to meet the steep surge in demand for occupational therapy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to healthcare professionals from both the NHS and the private care system, demand for occupational-therapy-led rehabilitation services in Britain has increased by a staggering 82 per cent over the past six months alone.

Swelling pressure on already “overloaded” rehabilitation services has stirred up stark warnings from members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), who say the level of demand for the service they provide “isn’t sustainable” as there isn’t a large enough workforce to meet the need.

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