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Hospital warning to Brits of nightmare winter in which surgeries could be canceled and cancer treatments delayed

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HOSPITAL bosses fear the worst winter ever as nurses go on strike and waiting lists continue to grow.

Around 85 per cent of chief executives say they have never been so worried – and half predict their faith in the NHS will fall short of operations and cancer targets.

Eight in ten NHS trusts are already failing to meet the target of seeing patients with suspected cancer within two weeks of a GP referral
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Many warn employees are “shocked” by the expected surge in demand in the run-up to possible strikes by nurses and industrial action by doctors, paramedics, midwives, therapists and porters.

Last month England recorded its worst-ever performance in A&E, ambulance time and cancer appointment targets.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts the waiting list – now 7.1 million – will reach 8 million unless clinics speed up.

Saffron Cordery, chief of NHS Providers who conducted the survey, said: “We must push for the government to come to the table with unions, either to avert strikes before they happen or to start negotiations now.”

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Researcher Max Warner said waiting lists would grow if the NHS continued to fail to turn additional resources into additional activities.

Hospitals have been instructed to delete all patients on the list for 18 months or more by April 2023.

Eight in ten NHS trusts are already failing to meet the target of seeing patients with suspected cancer within two weeks of a GP referral.

And 60 per cent fail to treat 96 per cent of cancer patients within a month, NHS figures show.


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