Record 6.5 million people waiting for NHS hospital treatment in England


The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high.

A total of 6.5 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of April, NHS England said.

This is up from 6.4 million in March and is the highest number since records began in August 2007.

The number of people having to wait more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in England stood at 323,093 in April, up from 306,286 the previous month.

The government and NHS England have set the ambition of eliminating all waits of more than a year by March 2025.

Source: The Guardian