4.7 million waiting for hospital treatment in England

The number of people in England waiting to receive hospital treatment has reached a new record high.

At the end of February 2021 4.7 million people were waiting to start treatment, according to figures from NHS England.

  • This is the highest figure since records began in August 2007.

The total number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 47 per cent in February 2021 compared to the previous year.

NHS England recently announced that a £1bn fund would be used to help trusts resume normal services to counteract the impact Covid-19 has had on services in the NHS.

Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, said treating 400,000 patients with Covid-19 over the course of the past year had “inevitably had an impact on the NHS.”

Sources: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56752599

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-vaccine-south-africa-variant-astrazeneca-eu-cases/

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