Issued on behalf of Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackpool Council and Lancashire's 12 district councils:
Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire earlier this week Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
COVID-19 has changed the way that people are accessing NHS services. A recent survey of 2,178 people found that almost half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all. A fifth (22%) would not want to burden the NHS, and a similar proportion said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.