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Telegraph, 21 Nov 2021
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The number of people waiting to start treatment on the NHS has reached 5.9 million, the Health Secretary has said.

Sajid Javid said he expected the number would climb even higher before it started to fall.

Latest official figures released by NHS England show 5.83 million people were waiting to start treatment after being referred as of September.

The Department of Health and Social Care has been asked to clarify if Mr Javid was referring to October's, as of yet, unpublished waiting list figures.

The number of people waiting to start treatment in March 2020 was 4.24 million, this figure has increased every month since July 2020.

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