Labour promises to hit 18-week NHS waiting target

A target to start treatment within 18 weeks for most NHS patients in England will be hit within five years, Labour has promised. The party made the pledge as it set out details of how it would start making inroads into the backlog. This includes getting the NHS to do more out-of-hours, and making greater use of the private sector.
Currently the waiting list stands at 7.5 million treatments.

Treatment is defined as an operation – if a patient requires that – or starting a drug treatment or any other kind of care.Figures are down from a peak of nearly 7.8 million in September, but that is still 3 million more than before the pandemic.

Latest figures show 43% of those on the waiting list have been on it longer than 18 week. The NHS target, which calls for 92% of patients to start their treatment within 18 weeks, was last hit in February 2016.

Source: BBC

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