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Managing NHS backlogs & waiting times


As the Committee reported in March, the NHS in England was already running at close to maximum capacity before COVID-19. Pandemic disruption caused a sharp increase in waiting times and backlogs. Addressing these backlogs is a multi-faceted challenge for the NHS.

In this follow up inquiry, the Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Health & Social Care and NHS England on the start they have made on tackling the elective care and cancer backlogs, focusing on:

  • the design of national recovery plans;
  • implementation of the recovery plans, including the use of independent sector providers; and
  • early progress made in recovering services.

If you have evidence on these issues including the findings of the NAO report underlying this inquiry and call for evidence, please submit here by Sunday 20 November at 18:00.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Sunday 20 November 2022.

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  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA