NHS waiting lists grow under LabourBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.645m (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:645
- John Warden
- 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 …