Hospitals with the worst waiting lists

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The BBC has today published details of the NHS Hospital Trusts with the longest waiting lists for routine treatment.

With James Paget, University Hospitals Sussex and Milton Keynes named the top three with over 50% of patients waiting longer than the 18 week target.

NHS England has said that it has had to focus since the pandemic on dealing with patients who had been waiting over 18 months. However, this all follows failed promises to reduce waiting lists and times for patients who see no end in sight.

The result of this has seen many patients turn to pay for private treatment if they are able to afford to do so, but many vulnerable patients are left without a choice but to wait their turn in a queue of 7.58 million others.

It is understood that cancer waiting times are also well below target, meaning that the delays are inevitably resulting in worrying and uncertain times for those awaiting treatment.

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins said the Government’s “commitment to cutting waiting times is unwavering”. Further commenting that “this has been achieved despite disruptive strikes and record winter pressures on our NHS services.”

Many patients are yet to see these improvements and will undoubtably be struggling as a result.

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