Press release

NHS Confederation responds to Labour waiting list death figures

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation responds to new figures on the number of patients who have died while on waiting lists

31 August 2023

Responding to figures published by Labour on the number of people who died while waiting for care on the NHS last year, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said:

“There will be a range of factors at play here, but these figures are a stark reminder about the potential repercussions of long waits for care. They are heartbreaking for the families who will have lost loved ones and are deeply dismaying for NHS leaders who continue to do all they can in extremely difficult circumstances.

“Covid will have had an impact on these figures, but we can’t get away from the fact that a decade of underinvestment in the NHS has left it with not enough staff, beds and vital equipment, as well as a crumbling estate in urgent need of repair and investment. All of this has been compounded by years of under-investment in social care.”

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