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12 people die every day while on a health waiting list - a total of 22,000 in the last five years (stock photo)

Editor's Viewpoint: Action needed after waiting list deaths 

Statistics can be very cold. When we hear that 306,180 people were on waiting lists for healthcare in September we are shocked by the sheer volume of patients. But when we read our story today that, on average, 12 people die every day while on a health waiting list - a total of 22,000 in the last five years - the impact of the pressures on the health service suddenly become very real. The statistics are not just shocking, they are totally unacceptable.

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