Steve laments growing NHS waiting times as biggest NHS reorganisation since the War gathers pace

Steve has expressed dismay at yet another set of disappointing NHS waiting times statistics, which showed an increase of 1.3% on the previous month.





Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put the number of NHS patients currently waiting for diagnostic tests in September 2012 at 633,220. 578,878 people were waiting for tests in the same period last year; an increase of 9.4%.

Waiting times across England and Wales have increased by 18% since the Coalition took office in May 2010, whilst the number of ‘13 week waiters’, patients waiting 13 weeks for tests, has tripled.

The number of people waiting for diagnostic tests has topped one million thirteen times since the last General Election.

Commenting on the figures, Steve said:

I am astonished that waiting times for diagnostic tests have increased yet again; despite David Cameron declaring that waiting times were down in a speech to his party conference last month. 

“I don’t know what figures the Prime Minister referred to, because in South Birmingham alone, there are over 4,200 people currently waiting for diagnostic tests. This is unacceptable.

“I’ve long said that the Government’s top-down reorganisation of the NHS, a process lacking the support of doctors, nurses and medical personnel across the country, would lead to a diversion of resources away from tackling problems such as waiting times.

“David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt need to act now, and act decisively”.

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