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Reducing waiting times for gynaecology services

Following on from our 2022 report Left For Too Long, which looked to understand the scale and impact of gynaecology waiting lists in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RCOG has continued to call for action to address the long waits faced by those waiting for planned gynaecology services.

Between January and July 2024, we are working to refresh and build on the findings in our Left for too Long report. During this period, we will be undertaking a series of engagement exercises to hear from women and people accessing gynaecology services, as well as healthcare professionals working across the NHS who are involved in the diagnosis, care and treatment of gynaecological and urogynaecological conditions. 

Through this work, we aim to:

  • Provide an up-to-date picture of the size, scale and nature of the waiting lists for elective gynaecology services across the UK
  • Illustrate the impact of waiting lists on women and the wider health system
  • Gain insights into the barriers and enablers to addressing waiting lists.

This will help us to continue to call for action to address long waits, and work with the Government and the NHS to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, timely gynaecology care. 

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