Number of NHS patients missing waiting-time target soars
The number of patients not being treated within the NHS waiting-time limit has soared by 43% since the coalition took office, official figures show.
Department of Health data confirmed a large increase in the number of patients who have been denied the right to be treated within 18 weeks, which is enshrined in the NHS constitution.
In May 2010, the month the government came to power, 20,662 of the patients who received NHS-funded treatment in England had waited more than 18 weeks. In November 2011 that number reached 29,508 – a jump of 42.8%.
Posted on Friday, 20 January 2012