What about the UK and queues

NHS patients before surgery: get into the queue

LONDON. A sad record in the UK's state clinics: at the end of June 2017, more than four million patients were waiting for an operation at the UK National Health Service (NHS). While waiting lists are nothing new in the UK. However, doctors are alarmed by the rapid increase and some observers see connections with the impending Brexit.

Since June 2016 alone, the number of patients waiting for an operation for more than 18 weeks has risen by 21 percent to around 375,000 patients. What is embarrassing for Theresa May's London government: The official goal of operating on 92 percent of all patients in England within 18 weeks of diagnosis or at least receiving other specialist treatment was clearly missed.

Government against dramatization

Doctors and patient associations took the number of four million people waiting as an opportunity to sharply criticize the government's health policy. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health warned in an interview with the "Ärzte Zeitung" not to dramatize the situation: "We are trying very hard to keep reducing the number of waiting patients. The number of patients who wait longer than a year has been down since March 2011 decreased significantly. "

According to the opposition Labor Party, the latest waiting numbers confirm "that the NHS is slowly falling apart". Labor leader James Corbyn: "Without a new health policy concept and significantly more budget funds, our health system will soon reach the level of a developing country."

Waiting times in emergency rooms

It fits into the picture that when it comes to waiting times, other goals, such as faster treatment in the emergency rooms of the state clinics, are clearly missed. In many clinics, especially in big cities like London and Manchester, patients often wait six hours or more for a doctor to attend to them. There, too, the situation has deteriorated over the past twelve months.

Health watchers see a connection to the upcoming Brexit. Clinics, for example, report problems in finding enough nursing staff because thousands of EU nursing staff have left the country since the Brexit vote in June 2016 and could not be replaced.

18 weeks

or longer, around 375,000 patients in Great Britain are now waiting for an operation. This means that their number has risen by 21 percent within a year.