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NHS waiting lists grow under Labour

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.645m (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:645
  1. John Warden
  1. parliamentary correspondent, London

    The British government admitted its embarrassment last week that NHS waiting lists for hospital admission in England have risen by 100000—more than 1000 a week—since Labour came to office last May. This is in contrast with its election pledge to reduce waiting lists by 100000.

    The lengthening lists are a predictable consequence of a deliberate shift of resources to cope more effectively with winter emergency admissions—a political trade off …

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