NHS’s never-ending crisis sends waiting list for ops to ANOTHER high with 6.4MILLION patients now in queue and 25k people left waiting 12 HOURS in A&E last month – as health chief begs people to get a LIFT to hospital to ease pressure on ambulances 

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  • NHS data shows 6.36million people were in the queue for elective operations by March — up from 6.18million
  • The number of patients forced to wait longer than a year jumped 2% on February figure, reaching 306,000
  • Some 16,796 have been seeking treatment for more than two years — down by 28% on one month earlier

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The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has soared to another record of 6.36million.

NHS data shows one in nine people were in the queue for elective operations such as hip and knee replacements and cataracts surgery by March — up from 6.18million in February.

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The number of patients forced to wait longer than a year jumped two per cent to 306,000, while 16,796 have been seeking treatment for more than two years — down by 28 per cent.

Separate data on A&E performance in April shows a record 24,138 people were forced to wait 12 hours or more to be treated, three times longer than the NHS target and the worst figure on record.

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Just seven in 10 patients were seen within four hours of arriving at ‘absolutely packed’ emergency departments, a slight recovery from last month, making it the second-lowest rate ever recorded. Medics warned access to urgent care has become a ‘serious issue’.

Ambulance figures for April show waits for paramedics fell compared to March but were higher than nearly all other months since records began. Experts said the ‘small reductions’ in waiting times mean patients still face ‘frightening waits’.

Health chiefs today pleaded with Britons to get taxis or lifts from people to ease pressures, saying they would be ‘worried’ about loved ones being able to get an ambulance ‘in a timely way’.

One mother today told how of how her nine-year-old daughter fractured her skull when she fell off her bike but was told the ambulance wait would be 10 hours — 15-times longer than the 40-minue target.

The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has soared to another record of 6.36million. NHS data shows one in nine people were in the queue for elective operations such as hip and knee replacements and cataracts surgery by March — up from 6.18million in February

Separate data on A&E performance in April shows a record 24,138 people were forced to wait 12 hours or more to be treated, three times longer than the NHS target and the worst figure on record

Separate data on A&E performance in April shows a record 24,138 people were forced to wait 12 hours or more to be treated, three times longer than the NHS target and the worst figure on record

NHS ambulance crisis sparks an 80% spike in serious safety incidents – with heart attack victims still waiting an HOUR for paramedics to arrive

Long waits for ambulances are having a ‘dangerous impact’ on patient safety, medics have warned as safety incidents and waiting times soar.

The number of safety incidents logged by ambulance trusts in England has skyrocketed 77 per cent in the last year compared to before the pandemic, official figures show.

The reports — which paramedics log with the NHS when an incident risks long-term harm or death to a patient — jumped from 312 in the year to March 2020 to 551 in the 12 months to March 2022.

The figures, which mainly reflect harm due to ‘access, admission or transfer’ problems, include 201 unintended deaths, more than double the 78 logged two years ago.

Health chiefs warned thousands of patients across the country could be affected every month, as not all staff reports their concerns.

And a mother has today told of how her nine-year-old daughter fractured her skull when she fell off her bike but was told the ambulance wait would be 10 hours — 15-times longer than the 40-minue target.

The crisis in the ambulance service, triggered by record demand, ongoing Covid disruption and handover delays at hospitals, saw patients facing record waits in March.

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NHS England data shows the NHS backlog grew by another 2.8 per cent in March compared to February. Health chiefs expect the list to keep growing until March 2024, with between 9.2 and 10.7million patients on the waiting list at the peak.

Of the 6.36million waiting patients, 62.4 per cent joined the queue in the last four months, while 4.8 per cent have been waiting more than one year and 0.3 per cent have been waiting for more than two years.

One-year waiters increased by 2.3 per cent between February and March.

The number waiting two-years fell by 27.9 per cent. But the 16,796 figure is 6.4-times higher than the 2,608 people who were waiting longer than two years in April 2021.

And experts said the fall is down to a drop-off in referrals for treatment two years ago when the pandemic hit.

The most common long-waits seen were for trauma and orthopedic treatment, such as hip and knee replacements, ear, nose and throat treatment and general surgery – such as gallbladder removals and hernia operations.

NHS England said that increasing numbers of people were coming forward following the pandemic, with 1.8million people referred for treatment in March.

Ministers announced an elective recovery plan earlier this year, setting out how waiting lists will eventually start to fall in two years, while two-year waits would be scrapped by July.

Figures show 17,477 operations were canceled in the first three months of the year, with medics blaming high Covid rates for disrupting planned treatment.

Experts have urged the NHS to make greater use of private hospitals to clear the backlog, which would enable the health service to perform tens of thousands more procedures per month at no greater cost.

A&E data shows 2million people in England showed up at emergency departments in April.

Just 72.3 per cent of people were seen within the health service’s own four-hour target — the second-lowest rate recorded since records began in 2010.

A total of 131,905 people waited at least four hours from the decision to admit to admission in March, the second-worst figure on record.

And 24,138 were forced to wait more than 12 hours.

The number is up from 22,506 in March — a 7.3 per cent month-on-month jump. That is also the…

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