After constituents contacted Jason about the cancellation or postponement of operations and medical procedures, he asked the Health Minister what strategy is in place for catching up on the backlog of operations and medical procedures.
Jason McCartney MP
I have been contacted by a number of my Colne Valley constituents who have had operations and medical procedures cancelled or postponed at short notice.
With coronavirus cases still on the rise, what is the strategy to tackle the backlog in operations and medical procedures?
The Minister for Health, Edward Argar MP
My hon. Friend rightly raises an issue that I know will be a concern for constituents of all Members of this House. The backlog of treatment—the waiting list—is over 5 million.
However, we are making rapid progress with that, and so is the NHS. We are looking at a variety of ways to do that—not just providing the funding needed to do it, but through innovation, accelerator hubs and diagnostic hubs, all designed to get the waiting list down and to get people the treatment they need when they need it.
I would be very happy to discuss the specifics of my hon. Friend’s local situation with him outside this place.