According to official data, more than 120,000 individuals are believed to have passed away in England last year while waiting for care on the NHS.
Analysis reveals that the numbers may set a record, surpassing even the number of patients who passed away while awaiting surgery at the height of the Covid epidemic.
The numbers are based on 35 NHS trusts’ responses to freedom of information requests.
They revealed that just over 30,000 individuals died while waiting for surgery and procedures last year.
In order to account for the approximately 100 trusts that did not respond, that figure was extended, yielding a rough estimate of 120,695.
Given that several of the largest NHS institutions in England withheld statistics, the actual numbers are probably higher.
Furthermore, they have increased since 2021, when the nation was struggling with the epidemic and an estimated 117,000 persons passed away while waiting for care at the NHS.
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The statistics show that over 3,500 patients at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust passed away while awaiting treatment last year.
Patients have a right to begin treatment within 18 weeks of a referral under the NHS constitution.
One of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s five top priorities is reducing NHS waiting queues. The number of people waiting for treatment has increased by 700,000 since he assumed office, according to the most recent data.
This investigation, which included data from only 25 percent of hospital trusts, does not show a connection between waiting times for elective care and fatalities.
Given that the data does not contain the reason of death or any other information regarding the person’s age or medical problems, it would be incorrect to imply that it does.
Four out of five patients on the waiting list receive medical care in an outpatient setting rather than needing to be admitted, and more than one million patients were seen and treated within 18 weeks in June.
These conclusions are false, according to a Department of Health and Social Care official. It is incorrect to imply that this data, which is based on a tiny sample size, represents the whole health care.
Source: Daily Mail