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News ID: 47881
Publish Date: 9:24 - 11 September 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020_NHS released figures show 2.15 million patients, three times the figure for the same period last year, have been waiting longer than 18 weeks to begin hospital treatment in England. This is the highest number for any calendar month since records began in August 2007.

Over 2 million forced to wait longer than 18 weeks for hospital treatment in JulyJust as worrying, if not more so, is the fact that the number waiting longer than 52 weeks was at the highest level for more than a decade with 83,203 still waiting in July, the highest number since November 2008.

Professor Neil Mortensen, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said it was “disappointing to see waiting lists were still shooting upwards in July”.

He said: “Patients who have now been waiting many months, even a year or more for their treatment, cannot afford to wait until next spring. For those unable to return to work due to their condition, this is not only a health issue, but an economic one too.

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