Covid: NHS waiting lists will take 'years' to recover
It will take "จุดเปลี่ยนเกมสล็อต a number of years" for NHS waiting times in Wales to recover to pre-coronavirus levels, the organisation's
boss has warned.
The number of people waiting more than 36 weeks for planned hospital treatments is at least five times higher than at the start of 2020.
Waiting list figures will be published later, for the first time since March.
This was when most non-urgent treatment was postponed to prepare the NHS for the first coronavirus wave.
Since then, the service has been trying to restart non-emergency treatments and aims to keep them going as much as possible during
the second wave.
Despite recent progress, NHS Wales chief executive Andrew Goodall warned waiting times could grow even further - saying is "real concern"
was hospital doctors only being able to see about half as many in-patients and day cases as normal.
He believes there will be a third fewer out-patients seen and operating theatres working at half their usual capacity due to infection
Data showed that between March and August there had been a five-fold increase in the longest waiting times of more than 36 weeks.
"The overall waiting list has not changed so much, it's simply patients have been shifted more to the end of the list as we've had to prioritise
urgent and emergency cases," Mr Goodall added.
"We have made a lot of improvement on waiting times in recent years and it will take us a number of years to recover that and it will take investment and resources also."
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