The King's Fund response to the latest NHS performance statistics

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Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Today’s figures show it was yet another dismal month for patients, with one in six now waiting longer than six months to begin treatment. The waiting list has hit 4.1 million people, with more than 2,700 patients waiting more than a year. The government must look at how the targets are working and make sure that they do more to protect patients who are facing very long waits for care.

‘Waiting times in A&E departments have recovered slightly, with 82.3 per cent of people seen within four hours in major A&Es. But these figures still remain lower than they were at the same time last year and show that the NHS is still struggling as we move into Spring.’

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