Access to healthcare – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

Record NHS waiting lists and worsening waiting times before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have limited access to healthcare. There is evidence that certain groups experience persistent inequalities in accessing healthcare, but a lack of data separated by protected characteristic makes it difficult to fully understand these disparities. Though the NHS Long Term Plan commits to addressing variations in access to care, it is too early to assess its impact. The COVID-19 vaccination programme has achieved widespread coverage, but access to treatment for other conditions has been severely restricted due to the pandemic.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on access to healthcare.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021