1 September 2021
5.5 million patients in England alone are waiting for treatment right now. And we're seeing rising figures across the UK - the number of people on waiting lists is increasing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We know that these waiting list figures are the result of Covid, but also a decade of cuts and privatisation in our NHS.
This is an emergency. Our NHS needs funding.
But instead of giving our health service the money it needs, the government are focusing on re-organising to hand more of it out to private companies.
And as waiting lists continue to make front-page news, we want to share the real human impact behind the numbers.
Can you share your story with the press?
Journalists are keen to publish your stories of waiting for treatment or being forced into paying for it.
That's because your experiences show the real-world effects of the government's decision - getting press coverage means that your story may be what makes the government change their minds and give the NHS the funding it needs.
Here's what journalists need from you:
1. Your permission to share your first and last name with your story.
2. Your permission to include a photo - a photographer will come to you and take your picture to go alongside your story.
3. A short paragraph outlining the treatment you're waiting for, how long you've been waiting and what impact it's having on your daily life. If you've had to pay for private treatment, please include whether you had to sacrifice or go without anything to access care. We need this to give journalists an overview of your experience before they reach out to you.
If you have a story to share, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll only pass your stories to our press contacts with your permission. Journalists will then be in contact with you about your experience and to arrange a photographer.
Many of you have already shared your experiences of being on a waiting list or paying for private treatment - thank you. We'll be putting your stories up on our website soon.