The variety of individuals in England ready to begin routine hospital therapy has risen to a document excessive, because of the backlog in NHS care on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
Round 5.45 million individuals have been ready to begin therapy on the finish of June – the very best since data started in August 2007, NHS England figures launched on Wednesday confirmed.
It is a rise of round 150,000 in only a month after 5.3 million people have been recorded as being on the ready checklist on the finish of Could.
Of these, 68.8% of sufferers have been ready for therapy to start inside 18 weeks.
Nevertheless, the most recent figures additionally present that the variety of individuals ready for greater than a yr has fallen by 31,930 to 304,803 in June.
That is down from 336,733 the earlier month and compares with a peak of 436,127 on the finish of March.
The information additionally exhibits 230,110 pressing most cancers referrals have been made by GPs in England in June – up from the 153,543 reported in the identical month final yr.
Pressing referrals the place breast most cancers signs have been current – although not initially suspected – have been up from 8,466 in June final yr to 13,809 in June 2021.
The whole variety of individuals admitted for routine therapy in hospitals was 275,271 – almost 3 times the quantity a yr earlier (94,354).
Nevertheless, the June 2020 figures have been decrease than regular because of the have an effect on of the primary COVID-19 wave.
Though the numbers have elevated since final yr, they’re down on the pre-pandemic ranges in 2019.
The whole variety of A&E attendances in July this yr rose by 36.2% to 2,162,799 in contrast with the identical month final yr. However once more, this was 4.5% decrease than in July 2019.
NHS England stated the well being service is at present experiencing certainly one of its busiest summers ever, and nationwide medical director Professor Stephen Powis stated workers are working to “sort out the COVID backlog”.
The Institute of Fiscal Research (IFS) warned that there’s a large backlog of individuals nonetheless to return ahead for therapy, largely brought on by COVID-19.
Based on its evaluation, almost 14 million people could be on the NHS waiting list in England by subsequent autumn.
The UK reported more than 100 coronavirus-related deaths for the second day working on Wednesday.
In the meantime, 37,511 individuals had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – taking the whole to 47,129,400 (89.1% of the grownup inhabitants).