It was positive news when a 90-year-old grandmother hit the headlines around the world. Mrs Keenan became the first person to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab at one of 50 hospital hubs across the country. 

The new vaccination programme swiftly commenced in primary care networks (PCNs), as the NHS tried to get vulnerable people in the community inoculated.

However, rising numbers of patients are having to wait more than a year for surgery due to the effect coronavirus has had on hospital care, NHS performance statistics show.

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