Government claims that it is consigning waiting lists to history

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1243
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The UK government has said that an end to long waiting times for treatment in the NHS in England is finally in sight.

    The health minister Andy Burnham said that long delays between referral by GPs and treatment in hospital would be banished for good—with no one waiting more than 18 weeks—by December next year.

    New figures show that in March 2007 just under half of all patients in England received their first hospital treatment within 18 weeks of GP referral.

    The figures also showed, however, that one patient in eight was still waiting more than a year for …

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