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Latest NHS waiting list figures revealed – as health secretary announces independent investigation

The latest figures on NHS performance have been published this morning, and they reveal that the waiting list for routine hospital treatment in England has risen for the second month in a row,

An estimated 7.60 million treatments were waiting to be carried out at the end of May, relating to 6.38 million patients.

That is up slightly from 7.57 million treatments and 6.33 million patients at the end of April, NHS England said.

The number of people waiting more than 65 weeks to start treatment has risen from 50,397 in April to 55,955 at the end of May.

The target to eliminate that wait has been shifted from March of this year to September.

And a total of 307,500 people in England had been waiting more than 52 weeks to start routine hospital treatment at the end of May, up from 302,589 at the end of April.

However, the number of people in England waiting more than 18 months to start routine treatment fell from 5,013 in April to 4,597 at the end of May.

The previous Conservative government had set the ambition of eliminating 18-month waits by April 2023.

A&E waiting times have improved as well.

74.6% of patients in England were seen within four hours in A&E last month, up from 74.0% in May.

The number of people waiting more than 12 hours from a decision to admit to actually being admitted stood at 38,106 in June, down from 42,555 in May.

The new health secretary, Wes Streeting, has declared that the NHS is “broken”, and today announced an independent investigation into the performance of the health service, to be led by Lord Ara Darzi, who has spent over three decades working within it.

“We can turn the NHS around,” he wrote in The Sun newspaper. “But before we write the prescription, we need to diagnose the problem.”

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