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Is the NHS waiting list even bigger than what they’re telling us? Real toll may stand at 9.7million – 3m more than what official figures show

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Is the NHS waiting list even bigger than what they're telling us? Real toll may stand at 9.7million - 3m more than what official figures show

The NHS waiting list could be 3 million people longer than previously thought, with many waiting more than a year, an official report reveals.

The Office for National Statistics said its survey of 90,000 adults in England found 21 per cent were waiting for an NHS appointment, including an operation or scan.

This means that around 9.7 million people (more than one in five) are waiting for the results to be extrapolated to the entire population.

However, independent figures published by NHS England say that at the end of January there were 6.3 million people waiting for 7.6 million appointments, with some people needing more than one type of care.

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Part of the discrepancy may be because the NHS does not include those waiting for follow-up consultations, with critics previously accusing health chiefs of keeping these people on a “hidden waiting list”, meaning they may be sidelined. as a low priority.

The ONS representative survey also found that one in seven respondents waiting for an NHS appointment had been waiting for more than a year, while NHS England says only one in 20 on its lists have been delayed that long.

According to ONS figures, this would suggest that 1.35 million patients have been waiting more than 12 months, four times more than the 321,394 reported by NHS England.

What do the latest NHS performance figures show?

The overall waiting list was reduced by 28,000 to 7.58 million in January.

There were 376 people waiting more than two years start treatment at the end of January, compared to 282 in December.

The number of people waiting more than a year to start hospital treatment was 321,394, slightly lower than the 337,450 the previous month.

Some 44,417 people had to wait more than 12 hours in emergency departments in England in February. The figure is lower than the 54,308 registered in January.

A total of 139,458 people waited at least four hours of the decision to admit admission in February, compared to 158,721 in January.

Only 70.9 percent of patients seen in four hours on A&Es last month. NHS standards state that 95 per cent must be admitted, transferred or discharged within the four-hour period.

In February, the average category one response time – calls from people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries – was 8 minutes and 25 seconds. The target time is seven minutes.

Ambulances took an average of 36 minutes and 20 seconds to respond to category two calls, such as burns, epilepsy and strokes. This is more than double the 18-minute target.

Response times for category three calls (such as the last stages of labor, non-severe burns, and diabetes) averaged 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 12 seconds. Nine out of ten ambulances are supposed to arrive at these calls within two hours.

Additionally, the ONS estimates that 670,000 people have been waiting for 18 months or more, compared to the 14,000 reported by health officials.

NHS England pledged to end waits of more than 18 months more than a year ago.

Brett Hill, head of health and safeguarding at independent consultancy Broadstone, said: “Of particular concern is the wide gap between reported data on NHS waiting lists and ONS survey findings, which suggest the proportion of UK adults now waiting for medical care. treatment or counseling is much greater than previously thought.

“The 21 per cent of adults in England now waiting to access healthcare highlights the huge problems businesses face when it comes to supporting the health of their employees and reducing sick leave.”

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s shadow health minister, said: “If the cover is blown, the crisis in the NHS is even worse than it seemed.”

‘One in five people in England are stuck on waiting lists and are waiting longer than ever.

‘Rishi Sunak has broken his promise to reduce waiting lists and now plans to close services and cut doctors and nurses.

“The longer the Conservatives stay in power, the longer patients will wait.”

The ONS also asked the public about their access to GPs and their satisfaction with their general practice.

Almost one in 10 people said they had been unable to contact their GP the last time they tried to book an appointment, while 7.4 per cent said they were told to call back another day or call 111. because practice couldn’t help.

Almost a third of patients said they had found it “difficult” or “very difficult” to get an appointment, while just under half said it had been easy.

Dr Margaret Ikpoh, vice-president of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We know how much our patients value the care offered by GPs and our teams, and we share their frustrations when they struggle to access it when they need it.

An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘Official published statistics on NHS waiting lists actually show that 6.3 million patients were on NHS waiting lists at the end of January and only 4.2 per cent of The waits lasted more than a year.

‘Work is underway to reduce longer waits for patients, but despite pressures and industrial action, hard-working NHS staff have ensured the Covid backlog has fallen for four months in a row and waits by 18 months have decreased by almost 90 percent at their peak.

“In terms of GP care, almost two-thirds of people are happy with their experience, and millions more are receiving appointments compared to before the pandemic.”

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