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New charter targets wait for outpatient appointments

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1060
  1. J Warden

    Britain's hidden waiting list of patients referred to hospital but not yet seen by a consultant is to be included in a revision of the patient's charter next April. There will be a new national target for the time that NHS patients have to wait for their first outpatient appointments. A criticism of hospital waiting times has been that they omit the period between a general practitioner's referral and the first consultant appointment, which can be many …

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