It could take more than a decade to clear the cancer-treatment backlog in England, a report suggests.
Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) estimated 19,500 people who should have been diagnosed had not been, because of missed referrals.
If hospitals could achieve a 5% increase in the number of treatments over pre-pandemic levels, it would take until 2033 to clear the backlog. However, if 15% more could be completed, backlogs could be cleared by next year.
Between March 2020 and February 2021, the number of referrals to see a specialist dropped by nearly 3