40% rise in 6-month NHS ops wait list

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARTIN BAGOT Health Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

WARN­ING Si­mon Stevens

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