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Patients are meant to wait no longer than 18 weeks after being referred for planned care in hospital, such as an operation [Image: sturti/Getty Images].

A Conservative-run NHS means you have to wait for care.

Why? Because then they can sell private health insurance to you as a way to jump the queue.

What a slimy gang of snake-oil salespeople.

The number of patients waiting for planned surgery in an NHS hospital in England has topped 4 million for the first time in a decade, official performance statistics show.

The breaching of the 4 million barrier for the first time since the waiting time target was introduced in August 2007 will raise fresh questions about the government’s stewardship of the health service. Critics will seize on it as evidence that Theresa May is giving the NHS too little money to help it cope with an unprecedented rise in demand for healthcare.

NHS England said on Thursday that 3.83 million people were on the waiting list for non-urgent hospital care in July, a slight increase on 3.81 million in June. However, it admitted that once estimates were factored in for how many patients were waiting at six hospital trusts that did not submit data for the referral to treatment (RTT) scheme, the total had gone over 4 million.

Source: Patients waiting for planned NHS hospital care top 4m for first time in a decade | Society | The Guardian

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