NHS budget squeeze to blame for longer waiting times, say doctors | Society | The Guardian


And to think…years ago the English were probably saying that, “this system will be different from others and will be void of their pitfalls.”

“New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%.In March this year, 34,639 people, or 11% of the total, waited more than that time to receive inpatient treatment, compared with 27,534, or 8.3%, in March 2010 – an increase of 26% – Department of Health statistics show.Similarly, in March this year some 11,243 patients who underwent treatment had waited for more than six months, compared with 7,841 in the same month in 2010 – a 43% rise.”

via NHS budget squeeze to blame for longer waiting times, say doctors | Society | The Guardian.

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