STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Government’s £250m campaign fails to clear waiting list backlog – BY SOPHIE BARNES – HSJ

The number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment has increased despite the government pouring £250m into the NHS to clear the backlogs of longest waiters over the summer. The waiting list for planned care has now grown to over 3.2m, the latest official figures reveal They show that 204,390 patients were on waiting lists for more than 18 weeks in October – a steep increase on the same point last year when the number of waiters was 169,907. The rise is despite the government handing out £250m to clinical commissioning groups to help clear provider backlogs.

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HSJ – Government’s £250m campaign fails to clear waiting list backlog

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