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Waiting list situation is “utterly unacceptable,” say surgeons, who renew call for five year plan

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 08 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5099
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Surgeons have renewed their call for NHS England to put in place a place a five year plan to increase beds and cut backlogs, after new figures showed that waiting times rose in June.

Performance data published by NHS England show that 4.4 million patients were waiting for hospital treatment in June 2019.1 The figures show that 86.3% of patients waiting to start planned, consultant led hospital treatment were seen within 18 weeks, down from 87.8% in June 2018.1 The target is 92%.

The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks to start treatment rose from 502 000 in June 2018 to 601 000 in June 2019.

The 62 day waiting time target from urgent referral by a GP to first treatment for …

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