NHS waiting lists to keep rising despite Covid recovery plan | News

The prime minister has been warned by MPs that his plan to clear the NHS backlog is “not ambitious enough” after conceding that waiting lists would rise for another two years.

His health secretary, Sajid Javid, yesterday promised “strong action to reduce waiting times” with a plan that will allow the NHS to pay for taxis and hotels to send thousands of patients around the country for quicker treatment.

Treasury attempts to push through more ambitious targets failed as the NHS was allowed to retain a March 2025 deadline for dealing with the 300,000 patients waiting more than a year for treatment. The department had wanted the target to be met in 2024.

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