More than 11million group are stuck successful a 'hidden' NHS backlog and request follow-up care, a study suggests.
The wellness work routinely publishes header statistic connected really galore patients are waiting connected regular infirmary care, specified arsenic hep operations and cataract removal, each month.
Currently nan toll stands astatine an all-time precocious of 7.75million successful England — nan balanced of 1 successful 7 people.
However, it excludes those who person already undergone a process and require a captious check-up.
Analysis by nan Reform deliberation tank, based connected Freedom of Information disclosures, indicates location are 11.36million patients stuck successful this queue — aliases 1 successful 5 people. It suggests nan full NHS backlog really stands astatine 19.1million.
MailOnline's interactive instrumentality lets you spot nan queue astatine your section trust — though conscionable half of those successful England person shared nan data.
The deliberation vessel recovered that nan follow-up waitlist has grown importantly since nan pandemic. It estimates that much than 11million patients are waiting for ongoing attraction – astir 3.5 cardinal much group than nan elective backlog
While each spot has an mean of 100,00 group connected their 'hidden' list, the magnitude of this queue varies dramatically betwixt hospitals.
One reported that conscionable 1,000 Brits request follow-up care, while nan worst-hit spot had a queue of much than half a million
The figures show that 516,919 patients are successful nan queue for a follow-up assignment astatine East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust — nan biggest total.
Meanwhile, nan 'hidden' backlog stands at 432,396 at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, 403,108 at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust successful London and 238,382 at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
University Hospitals of North Midlands (201,372), Hull University Teaching Hospitals (195,035) and Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (167,352) besides reported immoderate of nan biggest waiting lists.
At nan different extremity of nan scale, Nottingham University Hospitals has conscionable 1,008 patients waiting for follow-up appointments — nan smallest queue successful nan country.
What do nan latest NHS capacity figures show?
The wide waiting database grew by much than 65,000 to 7.75million successful August. This is up from 7.68million successful July.
There were 265 group waiting much than 2 years to commencement curen astatine nan extremity of August, down from 277 successful July.
The number of group waiting much than a year to commencement infirmary curen was 396,643, up from 389,952 nan erstwhile month.
Some 33,107 group had to wait much than 12 hours in A&E departments successful England successful September. The fig is up from 28,859 successful August.
A full of 125,829 group waited astatine slightest 4 hours from nan determination to admit to admittance successful September, up from 120,120 successful August.
Just 71.6 per cent of patients were seen wrong 4 hours at A&Es past month. NHS standards group retired that 95 per cent should beryllium admitted, transferred aliases discharged wrong nan four-hour window.
In September, nan mean category 1 consequence time – calls from group pinch life-threatening illnesses aliases injuries – was 8 minutes and 31 seconds. The target clip is 7 minutes.
Ambulances took an mean of 37 minutes and 38 seconds to respond to category 2 calls, specified arsenic burns, epilepsy and strokes. This is astir doubly arsenic agelong arsenic nan 18 infinitesimal target.
Response times for category 3 calls – specified arsenic precocious stages of labour, non-severe burns and glucosuria – averaged 2 hours, 15 minutes and 59 seconds. Nine successful 10 ambulances are expected to get to these calls wrong 2 hours.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow (12,042), Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (13,618) and North Cumbria Integrated Care (13,905) were besides among nan trusts pinch nan smallest queues.
However, almost half of trusts successful England — 47 per cent — grounded to supply information connected their follow-up waiting lists.
Some 62 trusts provided data, 17 did not respond to nan FOI petition contempt a ineligible work to do so, and 39 claimed not to clasp nan information.
It intends nan existent standard of nan 'hidden' waiting database will beryllium overmuch higher.
Experts pass patients successful this backlog consequence being neglected and coming to harm arsenic wellness leaders prioritise higher floor plan cases.
Each lawsuit requires nan attraction of overstretched NHS staff, who could beryllium utilized to dainty caller patients aliases follow-up pinch existing ones.
Failing to transportation retired capable monitoring of semipermanent conditions aliases crab patients, negociate medicines, and cheque patients aft room provides important objective risks, experts say.
The number of group waiting for follow-up attraction has accrued by 50 per cent betwixt May 2019 (7.53million), pre-pandemic, and May this year.
Rishi Sunak has made tackling nan wide elective attraction backlog 1 of his 5 priorities arsenic Prime Minister.
Sebastian Rees, elder investigation and study co-author astatine Reform, said: 'The wellness and information of patients is being threatened by these hidden waitlists.
'The nonaccomplishment to supply timely travel up appointments risks failing to observe nan recurrence of crab aliases complications post-surgery, and group becoming abnormal arsenic nan consequence of a deteriorating condition.
'It is profoundly concerning that truthful galore trusts could not moreover show america really galore group are connected their travel up waitlists, showing a deficiency of prioritisation aliases grasp of nan problem.
'NHS England must require each trusts to study this information and clasp hospitals accountable for talking this hidden backlog.'
Ophthalmology has nan highest number of waiters, pinch a 28.5 per cent summation betwixt 2019 and 2023, nan information suggests.
England's ever-growing backlog deed 7.75million successful August — nan balanced of 1 successful 7 people. This includes astir 400,000 stuck successful nan strategy for complete a year, often successful pain
According to nan NHS Constitution, astatine slightest 92 per cent of patients should person elective curen wrong 18 weeks of first referral (pink line). September 2015 was nan past clip this modular was met. NHS information for July shows less than six successful 10 patients were seen wrong this timeframe
The chart shows nan apical 10 curen areas that person nan largest follow-up backlog successful 2023. Most patients are waiting for a check-up ophthalmology, cardiology aliases orthopaedic appointment
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has antecedently warned that imperishable harm from avoidable show nonaccomplishment is 9 times much apt successful follow-up patients than successful caller patients.
Rachel Power, main executive of nan Patients Association, described nan study arsenic 'alarming'.
She added: 'We interest that agelong waits could lead to patients' wellness declining possibly to nan constituent wherever curen is ineffective.
'We impulse nan NHS to beryllium transparent astir nan number of patients waiting for care.'
Saffron Cordery, lawman main executive of NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, said: 'No spot leader wants patients — their number 1 priority — to beryllium kept waiting for nan attraction they need.
'It's important to statement that while nan waiting database for follow-up appointments is concerning, galore group connected that database do not require urgent curen aliases care.
'Trusts are moving incredibly difficult to spot patients arsenic quickly arsenic possible.'
Rory Deighton, head of nan Acute Network astatine NHS Confederation, which represents healthcare organisations, said: 'Health leaders and their teams are straining each sinew to get nan NHS backmost connected its feet and waiting lists down successful nan look of superior challenges, but pinch business action continuing to inhibit betterment efforts, request much thief to do so.'