Almost 40,000 people left waiting for hospital care in Milton Keynes

    New figures have revealed that 37,113 people were left waiting for routine treatment at MK Hospital in February.

    NHS targets say 92% of patients should wait no longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment, but data shows that at Milton Keynes University Hospital only 47% of patients accessed treatment within this period.

    34,143 patients were left waiting less than 11 months – nearly 1 year from time of referral.

    In England, NHS waiting lists have reached record highs with 7.22million people waiting to start hospital treatment, this is up from 7.21million in January, and the highest total since records began in 2007.

    Councillor Emily Darlington, Labour Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, said: “These figures are disappointing but not a shock to anyone who has been waiting months for a referral. Our hospital team are working hard but under the Tories it has become common for people to wait almost a year to for treatment.

    "After 13 years of a Conservative Government, the NHS is in crisis, staff are on their knees and patients are waiting longer than ever. Despite the Prime Minister’s commitment to reverse the crisis in waiting times caused by his party, the situation is only getting worse. For the sake of NHS staff, patients, and all of us, we can’t go on like this and we need change.”

    Lib Dem Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor Jane Carr, added: “NHS staff work tirelessly around the clock to provide us with the care we need, but up against shortages and lack of funding from the Government they can only do so much. The NHS is overstretched and spiralling out of control leaving local people paying the price. When are the Government going to give the NHS the proper investment it so desperately needs?”

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