NHS 'must take urgent action' to clear hospitals backlog

NHS 'must take urgent action' to clear backlog of patients needing surgery as nearly 230,00 people have been waiting at least six months for treatment The Royal College of Surgeons has warned too many patients face long waits It found more than 36,000 patients have been waiting more than nine months And the damning figures have risen despite a 'mild' winter this year 

By Sam Blanchard Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 12:40 GMT, 14 March 2019 | Updated: 13:44 GMT, 14 March 2019

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Nearly a quarter of a million NHS patients – 227,569 people – have been waiting more than six months for treatment, figures have revealed.

Experts said there is an 'urgent need' to clear the 'increasing backlog' of patients who need hospital treatment, and the NHS needs new beds to cope with them.

Statistics today revealed there are 4.16million people in England waiting for treatment – a number second only to 4.18m in October last year. 

As hospitals are buckling under the pressure of growing demand despite a 'mild'

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