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Hospitals heading for ‘precarious’ winter as they try to catch up on planned admissions

The number of consultant-led NHS treatments in England fell by more than 84,000 in the first seven months of 2018 compared with last year, and there was an increase in the waiting list for planned surgery.

Analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) found that on average 675 fewer patients a day were admitted for planned treatment, including surgical operations, between January and July compared with the same period last year.

Statistics published on Thursday show that the number of people waiting longer than the recommended 18 weeks to start planned NHS hospital treatment reached its highest in a decade.

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The Guardian

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