OPERATION WAITING LISTS at their longest in years – Gwynne

operating-theatreAndrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the Government missing its NHS treatment waiting time target for first time since March 2011, said:

“Under David Cameron, waiting lists for operations are at their longest in years.

“David Cameron is responsible for the problems in the NHS. He wasted £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation and patients are paying the price. Labour left NHS waiting times at a record low but on David Cameron’s watch the NHS is heading back to the bad old days with patients waiting months on end for treatment in pain and discomfort.

“This is further proof that Tories cannot be trusted with the NHS.”

NHS Referral to Treatment figures released today by NHS England for February 2014 reveal:

• The target for 90% of patients to wait less than 18 weeks was missed for the first time since March 2011.

• The total number of patients on the waiting list is 2,885,253 – the highest February figure since 2008.

• There has been a 47% increase in the number of patients who waited over 18 weeks compared to May 2010 – from 20,662 to 30,417.

Source: NHS England http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/2014/04/17/referral-to-treatment-waiting-times-statistics-february-2014/


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