With patient wait lists currently at over 6 million people, it is predicted that the build-up could grow to between seven and 12 million by 2025, the largest backlog the NHS has ever seen.
Panel four in NHE365’s backlog event focused on elective care and looked at how to best tackle this vast issue by sharing tips for best practice and an understanding the impact the pandemic has had on services.
Not only has the past two years seen a ginormous strain on workforce but the tragic effects it has had on those waiting for care has been irreversible.
This panel consisted of Ellen Coughlan, Programme Manager - Analytical Capability at The Health Foundation, Jonathon Holmes, Position Policy AdviserTeams Policy for Kings Fund and David Ezra, Managing Director at Vantage Health.
Ellen Coughlan in discussing the backlog said: “It isn’t all bleak, we can use data driven tools to help us address this backlog , we can have virtual appointments to improve outpatient car and we can improve patient flow for inpatient care and we an deliver virtual care at home too”.