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NHS waiting list has fallen by 35% since 1998

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1364
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

The Labour government's systematic investment in the health service is delivering concrete results, Nigel Crisp, chief executive of the NHS, said last week in his end of year report.

The financial expansion, which started in 1998 and has seen the NHS receive several large cash injections, is now resulting in shorter waiting times and falling numbers of premature deaths.

The reduction in waiting times, which the government has been under particular pressure to deliver, gives the report a focus. The number of inpatients on waiting lists has fallen by 35% since it peaked in 1998, falling from more than a million then to 850 000 today.

The report shows that about 70 000 outpatients are now waiting …

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