Waiting lists hit new high of 5.74 million as NHS bosses admit system ‘running hot’

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The NHS waiting list has increased by another 174,000 people in just one month, with 5.74 million awaiting an operation in August and NHS owners warning the system is “running hot”.

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Accident and emergency departments have seen their busiest September since 2010, with 2.1 million people hospitalized, a 26 percent increase from the year before.

NHS wait time data does not include mental health, where an estimated 1.5 million people are also awaiting treatment, with a total of over seven million people on some form of NHS waiting list in England.

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This is the highest number since records began in August 2007 and includes people waiting for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery.

A record 5,025 people had to wait more than 12 hours at A&E for a bed once they decided to enroll. Hospitals across the country have announced incidents in recent days and ambulance trusts are facing long delays in handing over patients. The one in Shropshire waited 13 hours before I saw it at A&E.

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The latest data published by NHS England underscores the crisis facing the NHS over the summer, with the military called in to help run ambulances and a growing number of patients unable to find an appointment with GPs due to enough doctors and over-demand.

The number of patients who have waited more than two years for routine operations in England has now risen to 9,754 in August. The number of people waiting over a year has declined for the fifth consecutive month as the hospital tries to deal with the backlog. A total of 292,138 patients have waited at least one year.

Ambulances responded to a record 76,000 life-threatening call-outs, an increase of more than 20,000 from the previous high for September, while 999 operators made nearly a million calls in September.

NHS England has asked hospitals to stabilize the number of patients waiting in hospital, keep year-round waiters at current levels and eliminate the two-year wait by March next year.

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said: “There is no doubt that the NHS is running hot, with September seeing the highest number of patients ever at A&E, compared to the same month last year The hospital has 14 times more COVID patients and a record 999 ambulance calls.

“But despite the busiest September on record, NHS staff have moved heaven and earth to make the best possible use of the additional investments that provide millions more testing, testing, treatment and operations.

“That’s why it’s really important not to delay seeking help from the NHS if people feel unwell.”

The NHS is still delivering less than 90 percent activity compared to before the pandemic, but for the first time this year the wait for clinical trials has been reduced. This follows the launch of new clinical community centers to try and deal with the backlog in trials.

There were 210,931 urgent cancer referrals made by GPs in England in August, up 24 per cent from the 170,036 reported in August last year. In August 2019, the equivalent figure for a non-pandemic year was 200,317.

Shiva Anandasiva, chief analyst at The King’s Fund think tank, said the figures showed the NHS was “fighting a battle on several fronts”.

He added: “Waiting lists for planned hospital care continue to climb toward levels not seen since the wait time crisis in the 1990s.

“We are already seeing record low levels in A&E performance with the full impact of winter still to come.

“After years of low investment, the cost of dealing with a backlog of maintenance issues with NHS buildings and equipment now exceeds £9.2 billion, a substantial proportion of which require immediate action to avoid harm to staff and patients. Is.

“The Government has announced significant, additional funding to support NHS services, but has yet to deliver on promises to increase capital investment in buildings and equipment, or staff needed to address chronic workforce shortages. The funds needed to train and develop have not been provided.

“The spending review at the end of this month is an opportunity to reduce the risk, or reduce the risk, of reducing the waiting list backlog, modernizing services and efforts to meet the government’s manifesto commitments.”

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