Coventry and Warwickshire Trust: all the key numbers for the NHS Trust in August
Hundreds of patients were waiting for routine treatment at Coventry and Warwickshire Trust in August, figures show.
In response to rising numbers across England, health charities have urged both major political parties to focus on cutting waiting lists.
NHS England figures show 288 patients were waiting for non-urgent elective operations or treatment at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust at the end of August – down from 296 in July.
Of those, one had been waiting for longer than a year.
The median waiting time from referral at an NHS Trust to treatment at Coventry and Warwickshire Trust was 11 weeks at the end of August – up from nine weeks in July.
Nationally, 7.7 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of August.
The Nuffield Trust said it was alarmed by the most recent figures, with chief executive Thea Stein cautioning progress on cutting waiting times had "stagnated".
"Bringing down record waiting times is a central pledge of both main political parties but achieving this task still looks a long way off. It’s an unavoidable truth that whoever takes power at the next election will need to spend more on the NHS and healthcare," she added.
Separate figures show 1.6 million patients in England were waiting for a key diagnostic test in August – the same as in July.
At Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, 140 patients were waiting for audiology assessments.
Of them, 24 (17%) had been waiting for at least six weeks.
The Health Foundation also urged political parties to focus on long-term solutions.
Tim Gardner, assistant director of policy at the charity said: "Today’s data shows that despite the huge efforts of NHS staff to reduce waiting lists, patients are still experiencing unacceptably long waits for hospital treatment."
"Both major political parties have stressed their resolute commitment to the NHS in recent weeks. However, a national crisis over a decade in the making means that campaign slogans must be matched by concrete plans for improving care, retaining staff, and reforming our neglected social care system," he added.
Professor Sir Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said the NHS was facing increased pressure – with the busiest September ever for 999 calls, alongside ongoing industrial action.
However, he added: "Despite this pressure, it is clear from today’s figures that NHS staff are working incredibly hard to deliver for patients, with 10% more patients coming off the waiting list in August than the same month before the pandemic."