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  1. News Article
    This article by The Telegraph describes how average waiting times for 4.2 million people on the total NHS waiting lists has reached 37 weeks, with analysis showing patients are waiting twice as long as they were before the pandemic. Read full story (paywalled). Source: The Telegraph, 22 July 2021
  2. Content Article
    In this report Policy Exchange set out recommendations which call on the NHS and Government to: Adopt a relentless focus on ensuring that unknown clinical risks are accounted for by prioritising patients who currently lack a diagnosis. Improve transparency, by showing patients how clinical prioritisation methodologies are being applied to them and supporting them whilst they wait. Learn the positive lessons of the pandemic in embracing new ways of working across the NHS and with its partners. Accept we need to adapt the public conversation around NHS performance relatin
  3. News Article
    NHS Blood and Transplant have estimated that almost 7,000 people are waiting for lifesaving transplants in the UK, the highest number in six years. During the first peak of the pandemic last year, several key services have had to be closed reveals the analysis from April 2020 to March 2021, although most were rapidly reinstated and 80% of NHS transplant work went ahead. Figures from the report found 474 patients died while waiting for organs, a higher number than the year before and the majority of patients were waiting for kidney transplants. Read full story. Source: BB
  4. News Article
    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." Read full story. Source: The Independen
  5. News Article
    New data has revealed patients waiting for more than two years for elective surgery has grown by nearly half in one month, HSJ reports. Calls from The Independent Healthcare Providers Network has asked the government to set out a plan on how patients can access care, detailing how 20,000 fewer appointments went ahead in May 2021. However, NHSE have said despite there being fewer appointments, productivity has increased since restrictions were eased. Read full story (paywalled). Source: HSJ, 09 July 2021
  6. News Article
    Staff at Manchester's Royal Infirmary have said they are facing mounting pressures amid staff shortages and increasingly long waiting lists in A&E. Doctors and nurses have said they were told a 'major incident' was declared, however, it was then reduced to an internal incident in an attempt to avoid 'bad press'. A clinician has said A&E patients are now regularly waiting over 8 to 10 hours overnight due to an increasing influx of patients and a surge in children attending A&E. Read full story. Source: The Independent, 26 June 2021
  7. Content Article
    This guide from Versus Arthritis was written in consultation with people with musculoskeletal conditions waiting for joint replacement surgery. It makes the case Integrated Care Systems, Primary Care Networks, secondary care providers, public health bodies and social care providers should all work together with local communities and the voluntary sector to deliver a support package to help to meet the needs of people with arthritis who are on surgery waiting lists. The six key elements of this are as follows: Clear communication must be provided to people with arthritis about when they c
  8. News Article
    As services return to normal, Chief executive of NHS Wales has warned the Welsh NHS is under "substantial pressure". As safety measures are needed to remain in place, the resuming of normal services has created a challenge, with patient waiting lists becoming longer and A&E attendance returning to pre-pandemic levels. There is now some concern the new Delta variant may increase hospital admissions, adding more strain to the already strained system. Read full story Source: BBC News, 17 June 2021
  9. News Article
    New data published by NHS England has revealed the number of patients waiting at more than 18 months and 2 years. Insights show the trusts waiting times were not particularly caused by the pandemic, but rather had a backlog since before the outbreak of Covid-19. Read full story.(paywalled) Source: HSJ, 10 June 2021
  10. News Article
    A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital. The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics. The service, developed by volunteers from the not-for-profit Patient Experience Library, not only shows patients how many people are waiting to be treated overall but also shows data on the median waiting time
  11. News Article
    A hospital trust has decided to prioritise people with learning disabilities for elective treatment, after analysis showed they were disproportionately affected by lengthy waits for care, along with some people who have a minority ethnic background. The decision forms part of wider analysis at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust of how the impact of covid, and work to recover from it, can exacerbate health inequalities and how this can be addressed. The FT said in a board paper it would “initially prioritise [people with a learning disability] for treatment after cancer and
  12. News Article
    People who remain chronically ill after Covid infections in England have had to wait months for appointments and treatment at specialist clinics set up to handle the surge in patients with long Covid. MPs called on Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to explain the lengthy waiting times and what they described as a “shameful postcode lottery” which left some patients facing delays of more than four months before being assessed at a specialist centre while others were seen within days. NHS England announced in December that people with long Covid, or post-Covid syndrome, could seek he
  13. News Article
    Surgeons are calling for specialist hubs in England to help tackle what they call a "colossal backlog" of non-urgent operations because of COVID-19. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) wants a network of hospital sites focused on routine surgery, such as hip and knee replacements. The government says it is working "to accelerate the recovery of services". In March, around five million patients were waiting for surgery - the highest number since modern records began. Prof Neil Mortensen, president of the RCS, said the pandemic has had a devastating impact on surgical service
  14. News Article
    Rising numbers of patients needing care and a shortage of GPs is threatening to overwhelm the system, doctors and patient groups are warning. It comes after the pandemic has caused severe disruption to GP practices for more than a year. Analysis of NHS England data by the Health Foundation found more than 28 million appointments were booked in March, among the highest recorded. Doctor's leaders say what they are being asked to achieve is "undoable". The analysis of NHS data in England carried out by the Health Foundation for the BBC also that that between 2019-20 and 2020-2
  15. News Article
    The number of children and young people waiting longer than recommended for admission to a mental health bed has increased nearly ten-fold since last summer, according to figures from one NHS region seen by HSJ. There has been major concern about worsening mental health of children and young people through the pandemic, but these are thought to be the first official figures to emerge indicating the extent of the growth in waiting times. Board papers show that, across the NHS’ South East region, from mid-March to mid-April this year, about 50 young people each week were waiting more t
  16. News Article
    New data indicates the dental crisis shows no signs of slowing, with four in five people (80%) struggling to access timely care during the last COVID-19 lockdown. Access to NHS dental care continues to be a problem for people across England, with Healthwatch recording a 22% rise in calls and complaints about dentistry between January and March 2021.   A review of 1,375 people’s experiences shared with Healthwatch found a lack of consistency across the country when it comes to accessing a dental appointment. Whilst some people were asked to wait an unreasonable time of up to three ye
  17. News Article
    People are being told to wait until 2024 for dentist appointments while others are being removed from their practice lists for not making appointments sooner, according to a damning report into the state of dentistry. Dental surgeries have reported that they have thousands of people on their waiting lists, while patients are unable to access care after ringing round numerous dental surgeries, a watchdog has warned. Delays have resulted in the worsening of painful symptoms and in one instance even led to a patient needing hospital treatment after overdosing on painkillers, it said.
  18. News Article
    A new wave of coronavirus infections could throw into jeopardy efforts to clear a backlog of surgery in the NHS, experts have warned. They say the relaxation of Covid restrictions is expected to cause a rise in infections, while at least some resurgence in hospital admissions and deaths is also expected at some point. However, the sharp rise in cases of a variant of concern first discovered in India, B.1.617.2, has caused consternation, with modelling suggesting that if it is as transmissible as some estimates suggest, it could fuel a serious “third wave”. Now experts have said that
  19. News Article
    The NHS “was largely overwhelmed” at the height of the UK’s Covid second wave in January, according to a study. New research published in Anaesthesia, a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, revealed the scale of the pressure on hospitals during the pandemic and how stretched some units were. Based on surveys of all NHS hospitals, with more than half responding, the study found almost a third of anaesthetists were redeployed to look after critically ill patients, leaving 42% of operating theatres closed. This meant operations, including for cancer and emergency surgery pa
  20. News Article
    Patients awaiting a diagnostic test are to be assessed according to risk of becoming disabled as the service tries to prioritise in the face of huge backlogs. NHS England guidance released yesterday said local teams should categorise diagnostic waits on a four-point scale so those in most urgent need are seen first. It said this would mean, “recognising that for less urgent or routine diagnostics, some patients may experience a delay”. The diagnostics data for February showed 1.15 million people waiting for a test, compared to 1.08m in February 2020 – however, the proportion of peopl
  21. News Article
    Covid has left a toxic legacy for the NHS, with hospitals facing a huge backlog, putting lives at risk, patient groups and staff are warning. And in-depth analysis by BBC News has found: waiting lists have ballooned at some hospitals in England, with more than one out of every 10 of patients in a quarter of trusts left at least a year without treatment major disruption to cancer services, with some hospitals struggling to treat half of their patients within the target time of two months concern growing for 45,000 "missing cancer patients", after drops in GP referrals and
  22. News Article
    The East of England has been revealed as the worst-performing region for long ophthalmology waits, with almost half the waiting list at one acute trust already breaching the 52-week milestone. Eleven per cent of the region’s 59,000 ophthalmology patients had already been waiting more than a year for treatment at the end of February, compared to 6 per cent in London, the best performing region. West Suffolk Foundation Trust — which is in health and social care secretary Matt Hancock’s local constituency — had by far the biggest problem on this measure of any trust in England, with 42%
  23. News Article
    Virtual wards, at-home antibiotic kits and using artificial intelligence in GP surgeries are among new initiatives to be trialled as part £160m funding to tackle waiting lists in the NHS. NHS England announced the funding to aid in the health service’s recovery after the pandemic, after figures last month revealed the number of people waiting to begin hospital treatment in England had risen to a new record. A total of 4.7 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of February - the highest figure since records began in August 2007. But NHS England said indicators sugge
  24. Content Article
    The report from the Pelvic Floor Society proposes changes in six key areas: Empowering and educating patients and beyond. Making use of technology. Integrating expertise. Looking again at surgical procedures. Making the most of our teams. Considering collaborations. Each area is addressed with its own chapter in the report.