At the end of July, NHS England reported that the number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment rose to a new record high of 6.8 million people This was up from 6.7 million in June and is the highest number since records began in August 2007.
Of those, 377,689 had been waiting more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment. This was up from 355,774 at the end of June. A total of 2,885 people in England had been waiting more than two years to start routine hospital treatment at the end of July, NHS England said. This was down from 3,861 at the end of June and a peak of 23,778 in January 2022.
Full story in The Guardian, 8 September 2022