NHS waiting times have risen by a third in a month

Waiting times in the NHS have risen by almost a third due to bad weather earlier this year, it has emerged.

Figures show that the number of patients waiting more than eight weeks for an outpatient appointment increased by 31.5 per cent between March and April this year.

There were 43,400 people waiting more than eight weeks for an outpatient appointment in April, 82.7 per cent higher than the previous year, according to Health Service Journal.

Officials said a backlog of appointments has built up after the bad weather in February which saw much of Britain gridlocked under snow.

The NHS suffered an extremely busy winter as the coldest weather for 30 years, coupled with high levels of seasonal flu and norovirus outbreaks.

The Daily Telegraph revealed the extent of the pressure on the ambulance service as national director, Peter Bradley, said the service had seen its busiest ever week in December and others warned staff were ‘performing near miracles’ to keep the NHS running.


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