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An article discussing the benefits of including virtual reality hardware in the medical education process in the wake of funding issues and the effects of COVID-19

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In August this year, the NHS lost its position as the top-ranked health service in the developed world.

Having held the number one spot of the Commonwealth Fund’s influential ranking for the past two reports, the UK slid three places down, landing in fourth place.

The US-based ThinkTank responsible for evaluating the list cited appointment delays and increased wait times as the key reason for this decision.

As with many other countries worldwide, the UK’s health service has been put under severe strain by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past 18 months have placed unprecedented pressures on the NHS and its staff, and this has been two-fold; firstly, to provide immediate care for patients admitted with the disease, and secondly to shift day-to-day processes to either partially- or fully-remote formats.

These pressures have culminated in a growing backlog of non-urgent and routine diagnosis, treatments and operations, which estimates say could grow up to 13 million.

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