Hospital waiting list numbers in England triple since last year

In July, a record 2.15 million people had to wait 18 weeks or more to start treatment

A record total of more than 2 million people – triple the figure for the same time last year – are having to wait more than 18 weeks to start hospital treatment in England, the latest figures show.

The number waiting rose to 2.15 million in July, more than three times the July 2019 figure of 620,454, and the highest number for any calendar month since current records began in August 2007.

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