Nearly 25,000 hospital patients are waiting more than a year for treatment – a record high

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NEARLY 25,000 hospital patients are waiting more than a year for treatment — a record high.

The latest figure compares to 5,425 just five years ago.

PA:Press Association

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NHS figures show that 140,000 people needing medical help have been left in the lurch.

The record 24,417 were forced to wait in the 12 months to January this year.


The total is up from  22,828 for 2017/18.

Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said: “For even one patient to wait over a year for routine treatment is completely unacceptable.”

The Department of Health and Social Care said: “The NHS is committed to reducing long waiting times.”

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