More than 7 million UK citizens are on waiting lists for routine care procedures under the country’s state health program, a new record for the country.
Of the 7 million people on the waiting list at the end of August, 387,257 had been waiting for more than a year to begin health treatments, according to Sky News. Waiting list numbers in August rose from 6.8 million in July, the previous highest record since the UK started recording the statistic in 2007.
Stephen Powis, the National Medical Director of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), said his organization is doing “incredible” work.
“Despite tremendous pressure on the NHS this summer, the incredible work of colleagues across the country meant that in August we delivered more potentially life-saving cancer checks than ever before and cut 18-month wait times by 60% in the year. last year, “he said. she told Sky News.
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“This is despite continued pressure from Covid patients in hospital, which has now increased to more than double the numbers seen in August, and more of the more severe ambulance interventions than before the pandemic,” he added.
The UK’s health strain comes as both the country and the rest of Europe are struggling with an energy crisis.
The nation’s government has warned residents that three-hour nighttime power outages may need to be imposed if gas supplies dwindle in the winter. Officials said the possibility was unlikely, however.
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Europe’s energy tension comes thanks to Russia limiting gas and oil exports to Europe in response to NATO countries’ sweeping economic sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.