Aug 10, 2017

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. The NHS in England is failing to meet its target to operate on 92% of people within 18 weeks. Since June last year there has been an increase of more than 21% in the numbers waiting longer than 18 weeks to 373,182. "NHS England said:"Last month 1.4 million patients started consultant-led treatment, and more than nine out of 10 patients were waiting less than 18 weeks. The confirmed figures shows that 3.83 million people are waiting to have surgery, but missing data means the NHS believes the figure may in fact be "Just over four million patients".

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