With increasing numbers of patients seeking medical treatment, the NHS is struggling to meet the government’s targets.

According to figures reported by the BBC last week, 600,000 patients had to wait more than the stipulated 18 weeks in June of this year for a routine operation. Instead of meeting the government target of 92% of patients being treated within the stated timeframe, the NHS performance level dropped to less than 87% of patients.

In addition to increased demand, the current dispute over consultants’ pensions may also have contributed to the increasing waiting times.

According to the BBC, there are currently more people than ever before waiting for a routine operation.

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