Nov 17, 2022

NHS care backlog push at serious risk - National Audit Office

The plan to tackle long waits in hospital treatment and cancer care in England by 2025 is at serious risk, the spending watchdog says. The National Audit Office report warned inflation and other pressures on the NHS could undermine the push. NHS England has warned that still leaves a £7bn shortfall, because of inflationary pressures. Its report noted the NHS was still doing fewer planned treatments, such as knee and hip replacements, than before the pandemic. A NHS England spokesman said the health service was facing challenges but remained "On track" to deliver on its goals.

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