NHS waiting list reaches nearly 3 million

The amount of patients waiting for NHS treatment has risen to 2.9 million, according to new referral to treatment times (RTT) figures.

Meanwhile, the Health Service Journal reports (£):

“The NHS has breached the target for 90 per cent of admitted patients to start treatment within 18 weeks for the first time since 2011, the latest figures from NHS England reveal.”

With 550 of those patients having waited over a year for treatment, two thirds of England’s major A&Es missing their target times, and the King’s Fund this week warning that the NHS is heading towards a “financial crisis” in 2015, we’re once again left asking the question: Can we ever trust the Tories with the NHS?

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