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Hospital patients on ‘long waits’ hit five-year high, new data reveals

The number of people waiting longer than they should for hospital care has hit a five-year high in England.

NHS England data for 2016-17 revealed 2.5m people waited more than four hours in A&E – up from 725,000 in 2011-12.

Those waiting more than 62 days for cancer treatment topped 26,000 – nearly double the total five years ago.

Meanwhile, more than 360,000 people have now waited more than 18 weeks for an operation, compared with 160,000 five years ago.

It means all three targets have been missed for the year – the first time that has happened since the modern targets were brought in.

Read more at BBC Health.

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