The NHS has entered the ‘third phase’ of the pandemic response, effective
from 1 August 2020, with the ambition of restoring full operation of all cancer services.
The NHS Chief Executive requires Trusts to achieve:
• In September at least 80% of their last year’s activity for both overnight electives and
for outpatient/day case procedures, rising to 90% in October (while aiming for 70% in
• This means that systems need to very swiftly return to at least 90% of their last year’s
levels of MRI/CT and endoscopy procedures, with an ambition to reach 100% by
• 100% of their last year’s activity for first outpatient attendances and follow-ups (face
to face or virtually) from September through the balance of the year (and aiming for
90% in August).