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A quarter of reported waiting times for elective care are probably wrong, MPs say

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3013 (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3013
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The accuracy of information on waiting times for elective care in hospitals in England is uncertain and misleading for patients deciding where to have treatment, claim MPs.

A report published on 29 April by the parliamentary public accounts committee on NHS waiting times for elective care in England says that trusts use a “hotchpotch of IT and paper based systems,” which makes accurate comparisons difficult and has led …

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