Friday July 10, 2020

Our waiting lists are a disgrace

The government should lie back and think of England if it wants to improve hospital treatment statistics here

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

14th June, 2015

England has a population of 53 million. Official figures show 178 patients waited longer than 12 months for non-emergency hospital treatment there in March.

Ireland has a population of 4.5 million. The latest official figures show 9,180 patients were waiting longer than 12 months for treatment.

The National Health Service (NHS) statistics for March were not a statistical blip. Over the past year there have never been more than 324 patients waiting longer than one year for treatment in England.

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