Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England
The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show.
Due to the growing demand and the NHS performing more procedures, more than 4 million people were waiting for operations in June. This figure has not been seen since 2007.
The growing strain on the NHS is making it difficult to reach the target of operating on 92% of people within 18 weeks.
However NHS England said: "Last month 1.4 million patients started consultant-led treatment, and more than nine out of 10 patients were waiting less than 18 weeks.
"We're working hard to cut long waits, and the number of patients waiting over a year for treatment has dropped by nearly 13,000 since March 2011 to being just over 1,500 now."
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