NHS: What do the latest figures show about treatment waiting lists, hospital beds, and ambulance wait times?
Waiting lists for elective treatment fell slightly from October to November, while ambulance wait times were better than last year – but the majority of important performance NHS targets had not been met this winter, according to one charity.
NHS England’s waiting list for elective treatment fell from 7.7m in October to 7.6m in November.
That’s the smallest it’s been since June, but still far larger than it was in November 2022 (7.2m).
Despite facing the most sustained industrial action in its history, the NHS has had a relatively good winter.
A mild flu season has helped keep demand for the health service relatively low, at least partially offsetting the impact of the strikes.
As of 7 January, just 2,271 beds were rendered unavailable due to seasonal winter illnesses.