The waiting list for hospital treatment in England rose to a record of 7.2 million in January 2023. The 18-week treatment target has not been met since 2016.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital is an indicative measure of the pressure on hospitals, as these patients still require isolation from other patients for infection control purposes.
The money is to be used for additional clinics and extra staff.
The stats for 2018 show that 6,280 people were seen within 4 hours = 96.6% in NHS Orkney A & E