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NHS waiting list could DOUBLE to 12 million in just four years, damning report warns 

Added 12-01-21 05:36:03am EST - “The National Audit Office said millions of patients had missed out on vital care during the pandemic - and could now return to the health service to increase the backlog.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “NHS waiting list could DOUBLE to 12 million in just four years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NHS waiting lists could double to 12million by 2025 despite billions more in taxpayers’ cash being pumped into hospitals, a damning report has concluded.

The National Audit Office (NAO) — an independent watchdog that scrutinises public spending for Parliament —said millions of patients had missed out on vital care during the pandemic.

The waiting list already stands at a record 5.8million, but it said this could more than double in four years as millions of patients return to the health service for care. It means one in five Britons were caught in the backlog.

Even in the best case scenario where the NHS ramps up appointments by 10 per cent, the NAO said the waiting list could still grow to 7million by 2025.

Its report also warned the health service was falling dramatically short on all key targets — including cancer care — with the ‘catastrophic’ consequences costing lives.

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