Short term measures to meet NHS targets cannot be sustainedBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1229 (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1229
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Some hospitals have met government targets on waiting times and care of patients by the skin of their teeth and a large amount of financial cunning, but they will find it hard to maintain their performance for another year, says a report from England's public spending watchdog.
Although hospitals and primary care trusts have cut the time that patients wait for a GP consultation, hospital appointment, or operation, they have done so by diverting money earmarked for other services, such as computers, medical equipment, and building maintenance, says the Audit …
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