As the Covid backlog cripples the UK, the NHS waiting list will take SEVEN YEARS to empty.
Executives warn that the NHS’s waiting list might take up to seven years to clean after the coronavirus outbreak halted critical surgeries.
The NHS revealed in August that at the end of June, 5.45 million individuals were waiting to begin treatment, the highest number since records began in 2007. After the coronavirus pandemic pushed up the waiting list, Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently admitted that the NHS backlog might reach 13 million patients.
The NHS Confederation’s chief executive, Matthew Taylor, admitted that a lack of investment could compel the overcrowded health service to slash services.
“Trust chiefs are concerned that anything less than £10 billion next year will force them to curtail services,” he said.
“They are concerned that, despite their best efforts on the front lines, the 13-million-strong waiting list they desperately want to avoid may become unavoidable.
“And clearing this backlog will take five to seven years, not two to three.”
Mr Taylor told the Guardian that anything less than £10 billion would have a direct impact on patients.
“They are concerned that they will not be able to offer quick, high-quality, safe care to everybody who require it as the pressure we have seen in ambulance trusts and A&E departments this summer will grow and become more prevalent throughout the year,” he continued to the source.
“They are concerned that all of the progress made in mental health over the last decade may be undone.
“And they are concerned that all of the NHS Long Term Plan’s anticipated enhancements in sectors such as cancer and cardiac care may be jeopardized.”
After officials urged him against relaxing all Covid limits in England, Mr Javid stated in July that he was “shocked” that the NHS waiting list may reach 13 million people.
“What struck me the most was when I was told that the waiting list was going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
“As of today, it’s gone up from 3.5 million to 5.3 million, and I asked the officials, ‘So what do you mean ‘a lot worse,’ expecting it might grow from 5.3 million to six or seven million.’ No, they said, it’ll go up by millions, possibly as much as 13 million.
“Hearing the number 13 million has completely concentrated my attention, and it will be one.”Brinkwire Summary News”.