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NHS: Waiting Lists

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 286350, tabled on 3 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce NHS waiting times.

Answered on

9 September 2019

NHS England’s Operational and Planning Guidance for 2019/20 sets out deliverables against key performance areas, including referral-to-treatment and urgent care, and the Government expects the National Health Service to deliver these actions set– in full – as key steps towards fully recovering performance against access standards.

In addition to this, under the NHS Long Term Plan, an extra £33.9 billion a year is being provided to improve and transform urgent and emergency care services, expand the amount of planned surgery year on year, cut long waits and reduce the waiting list.

The additional funding will support the NHS in achieving performance standards. More than that, it will also drive the reforms that deliver a better and more sustainable NHS with improved care for patients.