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

Although the NHS is treating more people than ever before, increasing demand has led to an increase in waiting times across many health services, including accident and emergency services, referral to cancer treatment and elective care. The pandemic has intensified many of these challenges, while highlighting existing health inequalities, linked to age, race, disability, sex and socio-economic status. There continues to be very limited data on the experience of people by protected characteristic. NHS England has committed to tackling health inequalities and variations in access to care through its Long-Term Plan, however it is too early to review the impact of these reforms.  

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

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020