NHS waiting times rise 6%19th April 2012
New research from the Patients Association has revealed that waiting times are getting longer for common surgical procedures.
It has warned of increasingly long delays for the most common forms of surgery in NHS hospitals, despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s election pledge to cut waiting times.
Latest figures show that waiting times rose by 6% for eight types of surgery between 2010 and 2011. The Patients Association also discovered fewer patients have undergone planned operations such as hernia repairs and joint replacements.
The average wait for having a new knee rose from 88.9 days to 99.2, while the wait for hernia surgery increased from 70.4 days to 78.3.
Over the same period, waiting times for gallstone removal rose by 7.4 days, hip replacement patients waited 6.3 days longer, while hysterectomy surgery and cataract removals were also slightly delayed.
Data from 93 of England’s 170 acute hospital trusts revealed the number of operations performed fell by 18,268 between 2010 and 2011.
Royal College of Surgeons president Professor Norman Williams said: “It does look as if this report has confirmed something we have been worried about for the last two years, that patients are waiting longer in certain trusts to receive the treatment that they require.
“We are very concerned about this and really worried because patients who do not get the treatment they need within an appropriate time could be storing up problems for the future.”
However, health secretary Andrew Lansley said there were fewer patients than ever waiting a long time for treatment.
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Title: NHS waiting times rise 6%
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 21685
Date Added: 19th Apr 2012