Almost 850,000 people waiting for hospital care due to Covid -19 delays

Pandemic forced cancellation of all non-urgent hospital work in spring

The number of people waiting for hospital care continues to climb significantly as a result of delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

The number of people waiting for hospital care continues to climb significantly as a result of delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

The number of people waiting for hospital care continues to climb significantly as a result of delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and there are now close to 850,000 people waiting for some form of treatment.

Fresh figures published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) on Friday evening suggest that there were 612,083 patients waiting for a first hospital outpatient consultation at the end of September. This compares with 601,362 people on the outpatient waiting list at the end of July

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