News in numbers: March/April 2021

19 March 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

27.7 million adults in the UK have characteristics of ‘financial’ vulnerability such as low financial resilience or recent negative life events – an increase of 15% since the pandemic, the Financial Conduct Authority found.

Between March and October 2020, the number of UK adults with low financial resilience also rose – from 10.7 million to 14.2 million.

5.6 million adults said they were likely to use a foodbank as the pandemic progressed

Almost 1/3 of all patients who have needed hospital treatment for Covid-19 since the pandemic began were admitted in January, NHS England data shows.

Meanwhile, 224,205 people had been waiting more than a year for routine hospital treatment in England at the end of December 2020

UK hospital admissions of nine- to 12-year-olds owing to self-injury are averaging 10 a week according to data analysed by a BBC investigation. The findings suggest that the rate has doubled over the past six years

48% of UK adults feel unhealthier since the pandemic hit, while 46% say they’ve put on weight, found a British Heart Foundation survey of 2000+ people aged over 16.

But positively, 54% are now determined to be more physically active, while 52% intend to eat more healthily

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BBC. (2021) 'Concerning' rise in pre-teens self-injuring. See: (accessed 16 February 2021).

British Heart Foundation. (2021) Pandemic motivates Brits to improve physical health. See: (accessed 12 February 2021).

Financial Conduct Authority. (2021) Financial Lives 2020 survey: the impact of coronavirus. See: (accessed 16 February 2021).

NHS England. (2021) Statistical Press Notice NHS referral to treatment (RTT) waiting times data December 2020. See: (accessed 12 February 2021).