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Rise in patients without PMI waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment

Published on 14/10/2011

Patients without private health insurance are having their health put at risk as waiting lists for NHS treatment rise again.

New figures from the Department of Health have revealed that a total of 28,635 patients had to wait longer than the NHS 18 week target for treatment this August. This figure is a 48% rise on the same month last year.

This is the largest number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks since the coalition came into power last year. In addition, 45 hospital trusts failed to meet their 18 week target in August, compared to 18 in May 2010 when the new government took over.|

The biggest year on year rises were seen in trauma and orthopaedics, with 23.2% of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks. This is a rise of 12.6% on the same month last year.

Patients unable to have hip operations, knee operations or cataracts removed in sufficient time were the most frequent callers of the NHS helpline.

Dr Mark Porter, chair of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, said:

"The rise in waiting times is one of the consequences of the huge financial strains on the NHS. It is cause for serious concern.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Average waiting times are low and remain stable. The vast majority of patients still receive treatment within 18 weeks.

Patients with private health insurance will avoid the significant rise in NHS waiting times. After seeing their GP, they will be immediately referred to a consultant of their choice to be treated privately. Compare health insurance policies online now- it doesn’t have to be expensive.

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