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Your spotlight on local services

Big rise in year-long waits for surgery in England


The number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery in England has risen sharply to the highest level in more than six years.

The figure reached 3,517 in June - an increase of more than 400 from May - and the highest since April 2012.

This is despite a pledge in 2014 by the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to end the "unacceptable" waits.

Meanwhile, a survey found nearly 40% of patients were unable to get a GP appointment at the time they wanted.

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