NHS waiting lists will soar to 5million by 2021 – the highest ever – without extra funding, the head of NHS England has said.
With 4million patients currently on the list, an extra million will result in one in 10 patients in England being denied a timely operation, warned Simon Stevens.
He also said that controversial rationing policies adopted in some parts of the NHS could be rolled out nationally without more money.
On current levels of funding, the NHS will not be able to make improvements in cancer care or mental health, he told the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham.
The NHS is facing a £30billion ‘black hole’ in funding by 2020/21.