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NHS waiting list in England rises to record 7.7m

A record 7.68 million people are on a hospital waiting list in England, figures show.

The total at the end of July represents nearly one in seven people and is a jump of more than 100,000 in a month.

The rising number means the prime minister's pledge to bring down waiting lists is under threat. The government has blamed strikes for adding to the pressures facing the NHS.

It comes as ministers have announced an extra £200m for the NHS this winter.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay said he wanted to see "high impact" interventions to help the NHS get through winter.

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Source: BBC News, 14 September 2023


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