Labour calls for NHS rescue plan to cut waiting lists The coronavirus pandemic saw many hospital procedures postponed, pushing up waiting times for many thousands of people. Ageing NHS hospitals hit by sewage leaks and power failures as maintenance backlog hits £9 billionNHS leaders warn more investment is needed to protect patient safety, with hundreds of incidents reported in some hospitals NHS increases surgery sessions to tackle hospital waiting listsFour trusts in London join forces to treat each other’s patients to address huge numbers seeking care Boris Johnson promises cash for NHS to tackle pandemic waiting listsNew data shows 4.7 million people were waiting for routine procedures, the highest figure since 2007. Covid: 500,000 on Welsh NHS waiting lists amid pandemicMedical experts say large backlogs in waiting lists and operations mean it will take a long time to recover. COVID news live – latest updates: Scientist not as concerned about new coronavirus variant from India found in UKRestricted access to labs during the coronavirus pandemic means cancer patients could wait years to benefit from new research. Clearing NHS Covid-19 backlog 'could take years' warns health bossHospital waiting lists have hit a new high of 4.7 million people, with almost 390,000 of those waiting for over a year, according to figures last week Covid backlog in NHS 'could take five years to clear'There are major concerns about waiting times in the health service.