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Public Accounts Committee Report: NHS Backlogs and Waiting Times in England

Published Date: 16th March 2022

The Public Accounts Committee have published the report of their enquiry which opened 21 October 2021.

The NHS has not met the 18-week maximum waiting time standard for elective care since February 2016 nor the eight key standards for cancer care in totality since 2014. The Committee finds that "The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement oversaw declines in waiting time performance for cancer care from 2014 and elective care from 2016 as they did not increase capacity sufficiently to meet growing demand for NHS services."

The report makes a number of recommendations.

The report can be accessed https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/127/public-accounts-committee/news/161752/dhsc-has-overseen-years-of-decline-in-the-nhss-cancer-and-elective-care/

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