GEnvironment Secretary eorge Eustice insisted that NHS waiting times are “too high” on Matt Hancock’s agenda, following NHS Providers warning that some hospitals could take five years to catch up with the backlog triggered in patient care. epidemic.
The association representing NHS trusts warned that Covid-19 caused the largest care backlog in two decades, and hospitals are three to five years away from returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Data published this week showed that 4.7 million people expected to start treatment at the end of February – the highest since registrations began in 2007.
Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr. Eustice said, “This is clearly an important issue and a major effort that the NHS has been putting in great effort to deal with Covid.”
“The government is really trying to encourage people with other routine operations to come in.
“I know this will be very high on Matt Hancock’s agenda as he emerges from the pandemic, our ability to tackle these routine operations is clearly important and has consequences beyond them,” he added.