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NHS chiefs blame staff shortages for record 7.4m people on waiting lists in England | NHS

Health leaders have blamed staff shortages for waiting lists reaching another record high, with 7.4 million people waiting to start treatment as of the end of April. One NHS leader said the figures showed that unsustainable “pressure continues to pile on an overstretched NHS”, and urged the government to speed up publication of its long-awaited workforce plan, which has been repeatedly postponed. Waiting list figures in England have crept up again after showing signs of improvement in recent months, despite Rishi Sunak citing bringing numbers down as one of the government’s top five priorities for 2023. The number of people waiting more than a year rose in April to more than 371,111, while close to 11,500 have been waiting more than 18 months to start routine hospital treatment at the end of April, up from about 10,700 at the end of March. The government and the NHS had previously pledged to eliminate 18-month waits by April 2023 other than exceptionally complex cases or by patients’ choice. Saffron Cordery, the deputy chief executive at NHS Providers, …

Haun Ventures leads Sovereign Labs’ .4M seed round to help scale blockchains

Haun Ventures leads Sovereign Labs’ $7.4M seed round to help scale blockchains

Sovereign Labs has raised $7.4 million in seed funding led by Haun Ventures, co-founders Preston Evans and Cem Özer told TechCrunch. The startup is building an “open, interconnected rollup ecosystem” with a software development kit (SDK) to provide a framework for secure and interoperable zero-knowledge rollups (ZK-rollups). “Sovereign’s goal has always been to make scaling [blockchains] simple,” Özer said. “For people who have been in this space for four-plus years, it’s pretty clear that rollups and ZK-rollups are the way to scale blockchains to the masses.” A rollup is a blockchain that gets security from another blockchain, so it’s a way to add functionality to an existing chain without sacrificing security, Evans said. Rollups can be used to support different use cases like tokens, NFTs, smart contracts and so on — but they’re cheaper to operate because they outsource transactions. The capital will be used to build its SDK and hire protocol engineers and researchers with expertise in blockchains and their frameworks, Özer said. Its SDK wants to help Rust (and eventually C++) developers to …