In response to the Public Accounts Committee report on NHS waiting times, Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said:
“This report confirms the bleak reality of what we already knew: that the NHS is taking longer to treat patients.
“The skilled and dedicated staff working in front-line NHS services continue to do all they can for patients, but there is only so far they can stretch.
“This report is further proof of how important it is for the NHS to implement the vision set out in the Long Term Plan. Joining up care for our local communities will be vital if the NHS is to improve care for patients and respond to rising demand. That and a new workforce strategy to address the NHS staffing crisis will be crucial to the long-term sustainability of the health service.”