In some areas, more than one in ten people are on waiting lists for routine NHS treatment

One in ten people are waiting for routine NHS treatment in nearly two dozen areas of England, an analysis revealed today.

Figures show that 22 out of 106 clinical client groups – NHS bodies managing care in local areas – were building waiting lists that amounted to a tenth of their population.

More than one in seven people waited for care in Birmingham and Solihull, the hardest hit part of the country, according to data from the House of Commons Library.

Labor was behind the analysis and shadow health minister Jonathan Ashworth urged ministers to ‘bring forward the investment needed to reduce waiting lists’ and abandon plans to reform the NHS.

Newly appointed Health Minister Sajid Javid plans to merge all CCGs into integrated health systems, which will have larger budgets and oversee health care in much larger areas.

But Ashworth accused the government of embarking on a top-down reorganization of the NHS at the wrong time.

Critics have dismissed the reform — the health service’s biggest upheaval in a decade — as a power grab that could open the door to health service privatization.

NHS waiting lists in England are now at their highest level since registration began, with 5.3 million people now waiting for routine treatment – such as hip replacements or cataract surgery. Ministers fear it could rise to 13 million before the end of the pandemic.

Spiral admissions during the first and second wave forced hospitals to turn over entire departments to fight Covid, canceling tens of thousands of non-emergency surgeries to make way for the infected.

NHS leaders have called for caution when most remaining restrictions are lifted on July 19 ‘Friday Day’ amid warnings that hospitals could face another influx of Covid patients, derailing efforts to reduce waiting lists.

Figures from the NHS England show that more than 5.3 million people are waiting for treatment in England, the highest number since registration began in 2007. Ministers fear the list could rise to 13 million

Figures from the NHS England show that more than 5.3 million people are waiting for treatment in England, the highest number since registration began in 2007. Ministers fear the list could rise to 13 million

Official data also revealed A&E units had their busiest month on record in June, with more than 1.4 million visitors in June 2020

Official data also revealed A&E units had their busiest month on record in June, with more than 1.4 million visitors in June 2020

More than 1,200 experts attack No10 on July 19

More than 1,200 leading scientists are protesting No10’s decision to go ahead with ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday, labeling the move as ‘criminal’ and the government’s return to pursuing herd immunity as ‘unethical’ ‘ label.

A coalition of experts and doctors signed a letter in the medical journal The Lancet criticizing Boris Johnson’s ‘unscientific’ decision last night, amid rising numbers of Covid infections and soaring hospitalizations and deaths.

The group – which includes four prominent SAGE experts – argued that millions of adults should be double vaccinated and that doses should also be given to children to relax restrictions to be safe.

It came as Britain recorded 50 Covid deaths for the first time since April, with cases showing no signs of slowing down, jumping a quarter in a week to a new six-month high with 36,660 positive tests.

Among the signatories are David Cameron’s former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King, as well as BMA Board Chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, former Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London and independent SAGE member.

The prime minister confirmed that all restrictions would be lifted next week. However, No10 has dropped all mentions that the final phase of its roadmap is “irreversible”, with a minister hinting today that the drastic action could be re-adopted this winter.

SAGE modeling predicts that at the peak of the third wave of the virus, about 2,000 people could be hospitalized each day.

By comparison, this is half the peak in January, but still represents significant pressure. There are currently around 400 Covid admissions per day in England.

Mr Ashworth said: ‘NHS staff have been through the most intense 18 months in health service history and Covid admissions are already rising steeply.

Waiting times for surgeries are increasing, young people are struggling to access adequate mental health care and cancer patients are seeing essential treatments and surgeries cancelled.

Sajid Javid has warned that waiting lists could exceed 13 million, but instead of pushing forward the investment needed to reduce waiting lists, he is embarking on a top-down reorganization of the NHS that fails to deliver. integrate health and social care.

‘[This] means a significant erosion of local liability with a seizure of power for the Secretary of State and the risk of a new wave of lucrative crony deals being handed over to the private sector.’

Labor’s analysis found that North East London CCG had the largest waiting list, with more than 182,000 patients yet to be treated.

It was followed by North West London CCG (178,000), Birmingham and Solihull CCG (173,000) and South East London CCG (151,896).

Ministers plan to launch a reorganization of the NHS despite record waiting lists, which they believe will help to close the backlog of patients.

They have pledged to cut red tape in the health service under plans that will ultimately see the Department of Health take control of the NHS.

The bill also includes other controversial plans, including a ban on junk food advertising before 9 p.m.

Mr Javid had initially wanted to postpone the plans but was told by Boris Johnson that any delay would push them up by another year.

Several doctors and nurses have railed against the restructuring plans, including the British Medical Journal, claiming that now is not the right time as the health service recovers from the pandemic.

It comes as more than 1,200 leading scientists rebelled against No10’s decision to go ahead with ‘Friday Day’ on Monday, labeling the move as ‘criminal’ and the government’s return to herd pursuit. labeled immunity as ‘unethical’.

A coalition of experts and doctors signed a letter last night in The Lancet medical journal criticizing Boris Johnson’s ‘unscientific’ decision amid rising numbers of Covid infections and soaring hospitalizations and deaths.

The group — which includes four prominent SAGE experts — claimed millions of adults have yet to get a double shot and that doses should also be given to children to ease restrictions to be safe.

Among the signatories are David Cameron’s former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King, as well as BMA Board Chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, former Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London and independent SAGE member.

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