Cutting NHS Waiting lists

Yesterday the Prime Minister visited a Community Diagnostic Centre in Oldham, one of the 92 operational one stop shops as he announces a further 19 sites to open this year – delivering on one of his five priorities, to cut the waiting lists and get people the care they need.

  • In the wake of the Covid pandemic, the NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge to tackle backlogs and bring down waiting times for patients. 
  • That is why the Conservative government is investing £2.3 billion to deliver 160 Community Diagnostic Centres by 2025, of which 19 will open this year – providing over one million tests, checks and scans to tens of thousands of patients. The 92 operational Community Diagnostic Centres have already carried out three million tests, including cancer screening and MRI scans, as part of the biggest catch-up programme in the NHS’ history. 
  • We are delivering on our promise to cut NHS waiting lists – providing additional capacity for potentially life-saving tests for patients across England as part of our Elective Recovery Plan. 



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