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Waits for treatment drop

The number of people waiting longer than 18 and 52 weeks to begin non-urgent treatment has fallen despite record numbers of people attending accident and emergency departments in June, NHS figures reveal.

Patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for elective care dropped by more than 80,000 while those waiting more than a year fell by 50,000 for the second month in a row.  The average wait for elective care was 10.8 weeks in May, down by 29% on May 2020, the new figures showed.  Analysis revealed seven cancer patients have started their treatment for every one COVID patient being admitted to hospital in April and May this year.