Monday, March 4, 2024

NHS waiting lists could rise to 14 million in England next year – report

UP to 14 million people could be on NHS waiting lists in England by next autumn, new analysis suggests reports the BBC.

Currently, some five million are waiting for routine operations and procedures – many of whom are in pain.

But the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned there is a huge hidden backlog of patients who are still yet to come forward for treatment.

The government pointed to the £1bn it had given to the NHS this year to clear the backlog.

There have been repeated warnings over the length of hospital waiting lists in England. A record number of patients are currently waiting for surgery – such as hip or knee replacements – with more than 385,000 patients waiting more than a year, compared to just 1,600 before the pandemic.

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