Almost 700,000 people waiting on a hospital appointment at end of May, new figures show

Increase in hospital waiting list figures for May as a result of pandemic

The total figure includes almost 575,900 patients waiting for their first hospital out-patient appointment. Photograph: Getty Images

The total figure includes almost 575,900 patients waiting for their first hospital out-patient appointment. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly 700,000 people were waiting on a hospital appointment at the end of May according to new figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).

The total figure includes 575,863 patients waiting for their first hospital out-patient appointment for an assessment by a consultant. This number is slightly up on April’s figure.

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