Gordon Brown turns waiting time targets into a patient’s right

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2657
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    NHS patients in England who have suspected cancer will have the right to see a specialist within two weeks, Gordon Brown has announced.

    Under the government’s new plans, primary care trusts will be required to pay for private consultations for patients if NHS hospitals cannot meet the timescale.

    The pledge forms part of the government’s draft legislative programme, “Building Britain’s Future,” unveiled on Monday.

    The proposals also include giving patients a number of other entitlements in their NHS care. They will have the right to an operation within 18 weeks of first seeing their GP, to a free health …

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