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COVID-19: NHS hospital waiting lists could reach 13 million in coming months, warns Sajid Javid | UK News

The number of people awaiting hospital treatment by the NHS could reach 13 million in the coming months due to the COVID backlog, the health secretary said.

Sajid Javid claims that “shocking” government modeling indicates the current waiting list of 5.3 million people could more than double by the end of the year.

This includes up to seven million people who did not make it to hospital during the height of the crisis for fear of catching coronavirus, he said.

“What shocked me the most was when I was told the waiting list was going to get worse before it got better,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.

“Hearing that 13 million figure totally focused my mind, and it will be one of my top priorities to deal with because we can’t have it.”

Current NHS waiting lists in England have been the longest since 2007.

Experts in cancer, stroke and heart disease care have consistently warned their fields are being ignored, while COVID-19[female[feminine takes precedence.

But Mr Javid told the Telegraph that he was “not just the COVID Secretary of State “and that he plans to contract out care to private hospitals and increase the use of virtual appointments to help deal with the backlog.

He warned that the lists would “take a considerable amount of time to clear”, in part because of the “very British” attitude of those who did not want to burden health services with symptoms in the first and second waves.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Mr Javid warned of the consequences of people not hospitalized

Mr Javid also confirmed reports that the NHS COVID app could be changed to reduce the high number of isolates after being ‘pinged’.

The minister said the government was considering the possibility of “treating people differently depending on whether they are vaccinated or not.”

It comes as separate reports claim ministers are trying to halve the required gap between vaccine doses.

The Times reports …

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