Long wait for an op

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

UNITED KING­DOM: More than half a mil­lion pa­tients are trapped on na­tional health ser­vice wait­ing lists for hip, knee and other or­thopaedic op­er­a­tions.

The num­ber has risen by a quar­ter in three years, with al­most one in ten pa­tients fac­ing de­lays of more than 18 weeks for surgery.

It comes as thou­sands of older peo­ple are de­nied cataract op­er­a­tions, rais­ing fears pa­tients whose con­di­tions are non-lifethreat­en­ing are be­ing tar­geted to save money. Wait­ing times for hip and knee re­place­ments are now more than 100 days.

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