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NHS backlog of two-year waits for routine surgery in England shrinks to below 200

NHS chief credits care reforms and new technology for reducing queues that built up during pandemic

The backlog of people waiting more than two years for a routine operation in England has shrunk from 22,500 at the start of the year to fewer than 200.

NHS England figures show the number of patients waiting that length of time has fallen to just 168, excluding more complex cases.

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