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Call for waiting list plan

By Douglas Shepherd

Surgeons are pressing for a five-year plan to clear a growing NHS patient backlog fuelled by the pensions tax crisis.

As more senior doctors cut their hours due to punitive tax charges on their pensions savings, NHS performance data showed a record 4.4m patients were awaiting consultant-led hospital treatment in June. 

The renewed call for action came from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) after figures showed only 86.3% of patients who were waiting to start planned, consultant-led hospital treatment were seen within 18 weeks – short of the Government’s target of 92%.

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