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Number of people waiting over 18wks for treatment increases by almost 20% in past year

Date of publication: 11th Jul 2019

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In response to today’s NHS England performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:

“Today’s NHS performance figures paint yet another bleak picture of patients’ ever worsening access to vital treatment, with the number of patients waiting over the 18wk target for care rising by almost 20% in just one year.

“The Government and NHSE-I must now heed the clear warnings expressed by patients, providers and in the recent Public Accounts Committee report, and urgently set out a plan for improving speed of access to NHS care, including by using the spare capacity available in the independent sector.”

– Of patients on the waiting list at the end of May 2019, 86.9% had been waiting less than 18 weeks, thus not meeting the 92% standard.
– The number of patients waiting over the 18 week referral to treatment target has increased by almost one fifth in the last 12 months from 485 000 in May 2019 to 576 000 in May 2019
– The Government’s target to ensure 92 per cent of patients wait no longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment for elective procedures, such as hip and knee operations, has not been met since February 2016.