NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Poorer face longer wait for NHS treatment AND Insulate Britain protesters ‘sorry’ for disruption
Now for your latest national headlines update including poorer face longer NHS wait times, Insulate Britain protests on the M25, and BooHoo publishes list of factories.
NHS WAIT TIMES: People living in poorer regions of England face longer waits for routine NHS care, according to new analysis. The NHS has been told by a watchdog to ensure people have "interim support" in place while it tackles the record backlog of care built up during the pandemic. People waiting for common treatments such as knee and hip replacements, and cataract surgery have described the pain and mental strain of waiting.
Leading NHS figures and health commentators have expressed concern that inequalities seen across healthcare have deepened significantly during the pandemic.
Despite the efforts of NHS staff during the pandemic, the backlog has grown to 5.61 million people – almost one in every 10 people in England.
Now new analysis from The Kings Fund health think tank, shared with the PA news agency and Panorama, shows people living in the most deprived areas in England are 1.8 times as likely to experience a wait of over one year for hospital care compared with people from the most affluent.
Seven per cent of patients on waiting lists in the most deprived areas of the country have been waiting a year or more for treatment compared with 4% of those in the least deprived.
And the waiting lists appear to be growing faster in the poorest regions.
MOTORWAY PROTESTS: An Insulate Britain spokesperson said the group will ignore injunctions as it continues its roadblock campaign. Demonstrators descended on the M25 near Heathrow for the group's sixth protest in just over two weeks. The group have said they were "incredibly sorry" to have disrupted drivers but remained determined to draw the attention of the Government.
BOOHOO FACTORY LISTS: Online fashion giant Boohoo has published a list of the one thousand one hundred factories it uses around the world as part of its pledge to be more transparent. The list was published following questions over its supply chain, after it was disclosed some factory workers in Leicester were earning below the minimum wage.
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