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Thu13May2021NHS England waiting time statistics published today show the longest ever waiting list, since records began in 2007. 4.95 million people were waiting for planned hospital treatment in March 2021, for instance hip and knee replacements, post-mastectomy breast reconstructions and ear, nose and throat operations.
Thu15Apr2021The Royal College of Surgeons of England is calling for investment on a scale last seen in the 2000s, to get back on track meeting NHS waiting time standards. NHS waiting times statistics published today, show the NHS has not met the legal 18 week standard for hospital treatment, for five years. Only 64.5% of patients in February waiting for hospital treatment were treated within 18 weeks in February, against the Government’s target of 92%. In total 387,885 people are now waiting over 18 weeks.
Tue23Mar2021Mr Richard Johnson, Royal College of Surgeons of England Director in Wales, says the recovery of surgical services is one of the biggest challenges the NHS has faced.