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NHS recovery plan for England is “beyond urgent” given length of waiting times, says Labour

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2150 (Published 01 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2150
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Patients routinely have to wait longer than the promised 18 weeks for NHS treatment in England, an analysis of official data by the Labour Party has shown.1

The party has urged the government to produce an NHS recovery plan before the end of this year setting out what action is being taken to reduce waiting lists and ensure that the service has enough staff and equipment to deliver the care needed.

The analysis of NHS England’s waiting times data found that in 83 hospitals patients waiting for specific surgeries or treatments, including oral surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, and ophthalmology, could …

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