The World Forum - July 24th, 2024

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Number of people waiting for hospital treatment in England hits record high again


The number of people in England waiting for hospital treatment has hit a new record high, according to figures from NHS England.

A total of 5.6 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of July - up more than 100,000 on last month when the figure stood at 5.45 million.

That is the highest figure since records began in August 2007 and includes people waiting for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery.

The number of people waiting more than 52 weeks to begin treatment was 293,102 in July this year - down from 304,803 the previous month, but more than three times the number waiting in July 2020 which was 83,203.