NHS bosses are making big strides in fight to reduce the Covid backlog of 6.2million patients awaiting treatment

NHS bosses have made massive strides in the fight against the backlog caused by the pandemic.

New figures show that the number of patients waiting longer than two years for treatment has halved in the last four months.

The NHS' huge Covid backlog is being reduced


The NHS’ huge Covid backlog is being reducedCredit: Alamy

For 14,632 people, the agony is finally over.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned it could take up to five years to clear the total backlog of 6.2 million people awaiting treatment.

But he has hit rock bottom, with NHS England figures showing those waiting two years or more down from 23,778 in February to 9,146 at the end of May.

Record numbers are now working in the NHS, with nearly 4,300 additional doctors and 11,800 nurses more than this time last year.

Diagnostic tests are a key part of the action plan and ministers hope 95 per cent of patients will have tests within six weeks by March 2025.

Many of the additional checks take place in 90 diagnostic centers that were newly opened last year.

And new measures are expected to be announced this week to accelerate access to innovative medicines and treatments for cancer patients.

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Last night Boris Johnson pledged more action to cut the 6.2m deficit.

The Prime Minister said: “The pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on our NHS – but we are making excellent progress towards our goal of tackling the Covid backlog. . . as we support the NHS in its biggest catch-up program yet.”

Mr Javid added: “I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure patients get the treatment they need, when they need it.” NHS bosses are making big strides in fight to reduce the Covid backlog of 6.2million patients awaiting treatment

Sarah Y. Kim

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