UK waiting lists grow longer

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1625
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    With more people waiting for admission to hospital in Britain than are on the dole seeking work, NHS waiting lists have become the main test of Labour's political virility, and more so after another steep rise in the figures occurred in the first quarter of 1998, as was shown last week.

    The number of patients waiting at the end of March for a hospital bed in England was 1297700, an increase of 35700 (2.8%) since the previous quarter, compared with a rise of 2% in inpatient activity. In Scotland the rise was 1850, …

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