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Patients dying on NHS waiting lists 'surges by 10,000'

The number of patients dying while waiting for treatment has increased by over 10,000, according to reports.

A freedom of information request to NHS Trusts, carried out by the Express, revealed that the number of patients dying while on a waiting list rose from 18,876 in 2012/13 to 29,553 in 2017/18.

The information request also saw that across dozens of NHS Trusts, there was an increase of more than 50%.

But this number could be higher, as only half (67 of 135) of the NHS Trusts responded, the paper reported.

One NHS trust in the South-west saw that the number of people who died on a waiting list rose by 250% - from 652 in 2012/13 to 2,289 in 2017/18.

At the same time, a North-west NHS Trust reported that its figure had doubled from 147 to 305, while one in the East of England found it had increased from 392 to 577.

This comes as the latest figures from NHS England saw that only 87.8% of patients are seen within 18 weeks, below the 92% target.

And as of June this year, there were 4.11m people on waiting lists, 280,000 more than in June last year, and representing a 60% increase since June 2010.

Between April and June this year, the NHS also missed the time to treatment targets for cancer referrals, from both GPs and the cancer screening programme, achieving the lowest scores ever recorded.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Not surprised. Doctors are leaving and those remaining are too busy filing in complaint forms, attending courts or doing CQC, GDPR, appraisals, management etc. Everything except seeing patients.

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