NHS backlog reaches 5,700,000 in grim record with thousands waiting two years

The number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatment has risen to a new record high.

A total of 5.7 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of August 2021, according to figures from NHS England.

This is the highest number since records began in August 2007.

The number of people having to wait more than 52 weeks to start treatment stood at 292,138 in August 2021, down slightly from 293,102 in the previous month, but more than double the number waiting a year earlier, in August 2020, which was 111,026.

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