England’s NHS waiting list for non-urgent care drops despite strain on services
Non-emergency hospital waiting lists in the UK have fallen slightly for the first time since the start of the pandemic, dropping from 7.21 million to 7.19 million. This is because ministers are under pressure to stop the wave of strikes by providing more funding for health. staff.
NHS England As we aim to deliver on our promise to address long wait times, we have asked the Hospital Trust to book all remaining patients who have been waiting 18 months or more for an appointment or treatment by the end of March.
But the strain on the service was also made clear by the latest official data. This marks a record number of people attended his A&E department. He also had 101,099 most critical emergency ambulance calls in December, nearly one-fifth his previous record.
Call handlers answered more 999 calls than ever before, a five-fold increase compared to pre-pandemic.
The NHS’s National Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, said staff had recorded A&E attendance, 999 calls and emergency ambulance calls as a flu ‘storm’. COVID-19 caused unprecedented levels of respiratory illness in hospitals.
But as they did so, “they also continued to provide more patients with diagnostic tests and cancer treatments than they had before.”
The NHS will “continue to step into the accelerator” to keep pushing backlogs of treatment forward, he added.
Other data also showed record levels of time to answer ambulance calls. In December, the most urgent Category 1 calls (defined as life-threatening emergencies) had an average response time of 10 minutes and 57 seconds and 90 centiles at 19:25, both of which the category was introduced in 2017. It was the longest since The standards are 7 and 15 minutes respectively.
For Category 2 calls involving suspected stroke or heart attack, the average response time in England last month was over 1.5 hours and the 90 Centile was almost 3 hours and 45 hours, up more than 50% respectively. Longest monthly number ever recorded.
https://www.ft.com/content/1eb9c356-3b93-4efd-a7f9-e461e8c3ee69 England’s NHS waiting list for non-urgent care drops despite strain on services