NHS waiting list hits record high again: 4.4 million people are now waiting for routine operations, as the figure is the worst ever for a third month in a row
- Record numbers of patients wait for months for routine operations
- The NHS & # 39; is now in crisis & # 39; year round, rather than just in winter
- Those in the hospital waiting for trolleys on a bed have risen by 70% in one year
- Health leaders said the government urgently needs to address the issue
The NHS waiting list has once again reached a record high with nearly 4.4 million people now waiting for routine treatment.
For a third month in a row this figure has become the worst ever, with a quarter of a million people between February and May alone.
Other statistics published today show that the number of A&E patients on trolleys waiting for hospitalization has increased by 70 percent in a year.
Health officials said the next prime minister should address the issue or & # 39; chaos & # 39; must risk in health care.
With waiting times in emergency room departments worse in May and June this year than in the run-up to Christmas, it is feared that the NHS is now in a year-round & # 39; crisis sit.
The waiting list of the NHS has again reached a record high with almost 4.4 million people waiting for treatment. The shocking figure jumped up for a third month and rose by a quarter of a million from February to May alone
The Royal College of Nursing Director in England, Patricia Marquis, said this figure did not come as a shock.
& # 39; This is no surprise if NHS England itself attributes the delays in monthly waiting statistics to & # 39; permanent staff and printing & # 39; & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; A new prime minister will have no choice but to get a grip on this situation.
& # 39; Current statistics show that patients have to wait longer and longer, whether it is a hospital treatment, a diagnosis of cancer or care or a simple appointment with a doctor.
THREE QUARTERS OF HOSPITALS MISSED CANCER WAITING TARGETS LAST YEAR
Figures revealed today by the BBC showed that nearly three of the four NHS hospitals did not reach an NHS target of 85 percent of cancer patients within 62 days of their GP referral.
About 94 of the 131 NHS trusts missed the target in 2018/19 – an increase of just 36 five years earlier.
In last year's worst performing confidence – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells – only 60.8 percent of people were treated within the four and a half month target.
In total, 28 trusts were not even able to treat three-quarters of their patients on time – a measure that would still be considerably lower than the NHS target.
NHS England as a whole managed to treat only 79.4 percent of people within 62 days of their urgent referral by a doctor, while 32,000 people had waited longer.
A health service spokesperson said: “Cancer survival is at a historic high point in England and that is because the NHS continues to put itself under pressure by increasing the number of people being monitored, so that more cancers are caught early when they are easier to handle.
& # 39; A record of 2.2 million people underwent tests last year, 15 percent more than 12 months earlier and nearly 130,000 were treated within the two-month goal. & # 39;
& # 39; With one in ten nursing posts currently vacant only in England, the situation will not change unless the NHS manages to recruit more staff. & # 39;
The waiting times refer to patients who are waiting for routine but important operations such as joint replacement.
Those included in the 4.39 million on the waiting list are those who have been referred for surgery by a specialist, but who have not yet had the procedure.
Dr. Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: & # 39; The system remains under considerable pressure and one wonders how many times performance goals should be missed for government and NHS leaders to accept that they have met the challenges with them in recent years.
& # 39; This is when services are least stretched and employees have the opportunity to breathe, but the numbers are amazing. & # 39;
A&E departments also feel the pressure because supported hospital beds make it harder for them to find places to place new patients, so make them wait for temporary beds known as & # 39; trolleys & # 39 ;.
Official figures show that in May and June this year a total of 119,320 trolleys were waiting for more than four hours.
The figure is almost threefold that of four years ago.
The deteriorating performance is partly due to the fact that staff have rejected additional shifts in the fear of being hit with a huge tax bill.
New rules ensure that general practitioners and advisers fall under the tax rates of up to 90 percent of their total pension value if they earn more than £ 110,000 a year.
Yesterday, the British Medical Association wrote to conservative leadership candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson that immediate reform is needed on current retirement taxes.
They warned that they are & # 39; deeply concerned about significant capacity reductions within the NHS & # 39; citing the & # 39; disturbing evidence & # 39; impact on health care NHS.
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