Jun 9, 2017

Hospital long waits highest since 2008

The number of patients in England waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine treatment is the largest since September 2008, official figures show. The April data showed there were over 382,000 patients waiting longer than the target timeframe out of a total of 3.78 million on the waiting list. Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said she expected the situation to get worse given NHS England said earlier this year it was willing to see waiting times increase so it could prioritise A&E and cancer. "Too many patients are waiting excessively long," she added. "NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson, said:"These figures show there has been no respite for the NHS. The concerns about the ability of the health service to respond to growing demand - which became so pressing during the winter - are still with us.

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