More than 1m people in England waiting for non-hospital care, leak reveals

A leaked document from NHS England has revealed that more than 1 million people are waiting months, and sometimes years, for out-of-hospital care for back pain, foot problems and hearing loss. While most of those waiting are adults, almost 300,0000 of them are children and young people who are seeking help with problems such as delayed development and long-term conditions.

The total number of people in England on the “hidden” waiting-list for care from community-based health services rose from 900,000 in January to 1.05m in May, the Health Service Journal reported. Some are facing delays as long as 120 weeks before they get help.

Full story in The Guardian, 1 August 2022