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NHS waiting list could increase to 13 million warns the health secretary

Health secretary Sajid Javid has warned NHS waiting lists will soar amid the incoming third wave of coronavirus. 

Thousands of patients are on hold for at least 2 minutes before their 999 calls are answered, The Independent has revealed. Mr Javid has also been told by officials the situation will get worse in the coming weeks. 

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Javid has said "Hearing that figure of 13 million, it has absolutely focused my mind, and it’s going to be one of my top priorities to deal with because we can’t have that."

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Source: The Independent, 11 July 2021


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