It is scary to think of being left for nine months or longer whilst waiting for surgery and my heart goes out to anyone waiting who is suffering with painful symptoms in the meantime.
Running the NHS is a vast balancing act and the NHS only has finite resources. The job of allocating those resources is not an easy one and it is certainly not one I envy.
Who wants to be the person to decide that this person/illness should be treated before another person/illness?
In March, in England, nearly 20,000 people had been waiting for more than nine months for surgery - three times more than in March 2013. At that time, six-month waits were at their lowest level and 94% of people were treated within 18 weeks. The average waiting time for planned surgery is now just over six weeks, with 90.3% or 3.3 million people treated in under 18 weeks. NHS England did not respond directly to the six-month figures, but added: "While the Royal College of Surgeons understandably lobbies for more spending on surgeons, in the real world they aren't the only call on constrained NHS funding, which also has to support extra investment in GP services, modern cancer treatments, and expanded mental health services."