Waiting list for NHS operations in England hits record high

Figures show 4.4 million people are waiting for operations, with 14% not seen within 18 weeks

There are 4.4 million people in England waiting for an NHS operation, the highest total on record, official figures show.

NHS England statistics published on Thursday also showed a 16% rise in the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for non-urgent surgery such as a cataract removal, hip or knee replacement in June, compared with the same period last year.

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