Waiting lists respond to cash boostBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.618a (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:618
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
The increase in the length of hospital waiting lists in Britain since the Labour government came to power in 1997 has been reversed this summer, with the number of people on awaiting list falling in England by more than 45000 in three months. This leaves a total of 1.26 million people waiting for admission to NHS hospitals.
The fall reflects the extra £320m ($512m) pumped in by the government to fund both more work to reduce waiting lists and longer hours by doctors and nurses. Conservative critics claim that the figures are being manipulated in a “climate of fear” about the loss of jobs or …