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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.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Thirty-Eighth Report - Managing NHS backlogs and waiting times in England
Inquiry Managing NHS backlogs & waiting times
HC 729
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Thirty eighth report from Session 2022-23
HC 729
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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28 November 2022
Inquiry Managing NHS backlogs & waiting times
Oral Evidence
iRhythm Technologies (NHS0042)
CMR Surgical (NHS0001)
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NHS0002)

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