‘Backlog is truly frightening’: former NHS chief warns of vital delays

Exclusive: hold-ups in operations in England a political issue for Johnson and pose risks to patients, says Sir David Nicholson

Patients could be waiting as much as two years for vital operations by the time of the next election due to a “truly frightening” backlog of care caused by the pandemic, the NHS’s former boss has said.

Lengthening delays in getting treatment in England are will become a major political problem for Boris Johnson and pose a risk to patients’ health, Sir David Nicholson told the Guardian.

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