40% rise in 6-month NHS ops wait list
THE number of patients waiting longer than six months for surgery has increased by 40% in a year.
It comes the day after NHS head Simon Stevens warned patients could lose all rights to swift treatment as early as next year.
NHS Digital figures show 151,710 patients still on waiting lists after six months in September, up from 108,463 during the same month last year.
Prof Derek Alderson, of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “Waiting several months for treatment could have a serious impact on a patient’s quality of life and the effectiveness of their surgery.”
Mr Stevens said without an injection of £4billion, the NHS would have to abolish waiting time limits.
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