NHS waiting list likely to ‘flatline’ for the next year, economists warn

Waiting list of longer than a year would be gone by March 2025, says think-tank

Jane Kirby
Wednesday 08 February 2023 06:31 GMT
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The NHS waiting list is likely to “more or less flatline for the next year”, risking the ambitions of the Government and NHS England, a think tank has said.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that, while some progress has been made in cutting long waits for treatment, plans to cut the overall waiting list and substantially increase the number of people getting help are unlikely to happen this year.

The elective recovery plan published by NHS England a year ago said the NHS would eliminate waits of more than two years for treatment by July 2022.

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