NHS failing to meet surgery targets
MILLIONS of pensioners are waiting months for urgent hip and knee operations as the NHS struggles with demand, latest figures show.
Patients are waiting longer for hospital treatment after a GP referral – with around one in 10 now having to wait more than the prescribed 18 weeks for surgery.
The number of patients waiting longer than the maximum limit for nonurgent hospital treatment has now reached the highest in almost a decade.
Latest official figures show 500,068 waited more than four-and-a-half months – the highest figure since August 2008. With just 87.5 per cent of patients seen within 18 weeks in April, the Government’s 92 per cent target has not been met since February 2016.
Royal Collage of Surgeons vice president Ian Eardley said: “It is very distressing, for someone who is living with a painful condition to have to wait a long time for treatment.”