The number of NHS patients admitted for routine ops has dropped 82 per cent in a year and 1.5million have been forced to wait at least 18 weeks to start treatment, devastating statistics today revealed. Shocking NHS England data that laid bare the strain Covid-19 has put on hospitals showed only 54,550 patients were admitted for treatment in May — a fraction of the 295,000 recorded this time last year. And 1.45million patients have had to wait at least 18 weeks to start hospital treatment for routine operations such as hip and knee replacements — the worst since 2007 and more than double last May. Top surgeons today warned the ‘time bomb’ — fuelled by thousands of non-urgent operations being cancelled during the peak of the pandemic — has ‘now detonated’, saying the crisis is ‘spiralling out of control’. Analysts revealed the NHS faces a ‘long and difficult road ahead’ and that it faces an ‘enormous challenge’ in catching up with the backlog of patients whose treatments were postponed. The shocking NHS data also revealed: 26,000 people have been waiting more than a year for a routine operation — 26 times higher than this time last year and the most since… Read full this story
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