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Longer Waiting Times for NHS Waiting Lists

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The financial situation imposed on the NHS seems to have had an effect on waiting lists. Recent figures state that more people now have to wait longer to get essential tests performed on the NHS. This comes after the record low that was experienced just last year.

The most telling statistic concerned May’s figures when compared to those issued a year earlier. In May 2010, 3,378 people were waiting for longer than six weeks to have essential tests done. In May 2011 this figure had risen markedly to 15,667. This figure was also up by 1,800 on the previous month.

The figures have led to growing unhappiness and questions about Prime Minister David Cameron’s ability to keep his promises. He stated that one of his personal pledges to voters was to ensure that waiting lists were kept down. He cannot be happy with this huge rise in waiting lists from May 2010 to May 2011.

Dr Clare Gerada, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said, “Delays in access to diagnostics can cause anxiety and uncertainty and can, in the worst case, result in failure to diagnose serious pathology early enough, such as cancer.”

The government has however defended the figures, saying they point to the “need to modernise the NHS to protect it for future generations.” Labour meanwhile attacked the figures and pointed to the government’s “reckless reorganisation” as having an “impact on patient care”. They were quick to say that the NHS was going “backwards under the Tories.”


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