Highest ever number of NHS England patients waiting for routine hospital treatment
Patients in every town and city are forced to endure lengthening waits for treatment, often in debilitating pain, and NHS clinicians are working flat out to try to cope with demand. Waiting list statistics reveal a health service in crisis, struggling without adequate resources and staff. It is clear that, in addition to the pressures brought about by the Covid pandemic, we are now also paying the price for the ongoing cuts and closures, and the failure to support the NHS and staff over past years.
The long waiting lists for care are UNACCEPTABLE.
ACTION: Sign the “”We Own It” petition
Over 5 million patients in England alone are waiting for treatment right this second. We don’t want this crisis to push people to go private, and create a two tier system like the US.
The government has been underfunding our NHS for 10 years. And now, instead of investing in our NHS, it is propping up the private sector by paying them £10 billion (£200 million in shareholder profits) to run private hospitals using NHS staff to treat NHS waiting list patients.(1) This is not a solution. NHS staff should be working in NHS hospitals.
We are calling for the government to commit to new funding for our NHS in its autumn budget update. That means:
– Funding of at least £10 billion revenue a year to cover ongoing Covid costs and care backlogs (2)
– Funding of at least £10 billion capital this year to urgently maintain and upgrade hospitals and vital equipment like ambulances and scanners (3)
– Funding for the extra 90,000 NHS staff that are needed – increasing the number of doctors, nurses and healthcare staff through training and encouraging staff to stay with better pay, terms and conditions (4)
– Funding for hospital beds – reopen the 22,000 beds closed since 2010 (5)
– Funding for A&Es – reopen the 100+ A&Es closed since 2010 (6)
– No more selling off hospital land, no more outsourcing NHS staff
– Funding and a plan for social care so that people are cared for when they leave hospital
The public’s top priority for the NHS is improving waiting times.(7) Instead of wasting time, energy and money privatising and reorganising the NHS, the government should urgently give it the funding it needs.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised to give the NHS “whatever it needs, whatever it costs”. We urge him to deliver on that promise.
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Recent Ipsos MORI poll
“These results show yet again the pride that the public has in the NHS, no doubt bolstered by its work during the pandemic. However, the data also shows the challenges that lie ahead for the NHS in terms of public expectations, at a time when the service is facing a backlog of elective surgery cases, increased demand for mental health services, and the ongoing impact of caring for patients affected by COVID-19.”
Anna Quigley, Head of Health and Social Care at Ipsos MORI, 13th April 2021
The Mirror (3rd September 2021) Waits for routine NHS tests for deadly diseases surge during Covid pandemic
The Guardian (1st September 2021) Huge discrepancy in NHS England waiting times for common procedures
Independent (17th August 2021) NHS prepares to spend up to £10 billion on private hospital treatments
The Guardian (12th August 2021) Record number of NHS England patients waiting for routine hospital treatment
inews (8th August 2021) Private hospital groups set to profit from massive NHS backlog in wave of new deals
Ipsos/MORI (13th April 2021) Public satisfaction with the NHS is high, but waiting times are the public’s priority