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NHS gets extra £250m to clear surgery backlog: 10,000 to have cataract, knee and hip ops as waiting list soars over 3 million

The NHS is to spend £250million to clear a massive backlog of knee, cataract and hip replacement operations.
Jeremy Hunt will today announce that the injection of cash will help ensure no one waits more than a year for treatment – unless it is clinically necessary.
But the plan will also mean longer waiting times for tens of thousands of patients.
The number of people on the NHS waiting list now stands at 3.1million – its highest for six years; with almost 600 having waited for longer than 12 months. The Health Secretary will say the money will pay for up to 100,000 operations over the next few months in a bid to treat some of those who have waited the longest.

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