Hospital waiting lists grow by 13% in EnglandBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7107.501 (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:501
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
Emergency measures to ease winter pressures on the NHS are being ordered by ministers as the health service in England faces potential breakdown. The aim is to divert available resources to cope with emergency admissions. As a result, waiting lists for elective treatment that have risen substantially will lengthen still further.
Although no new funding is envisaged beyond what has already been announced, steps are being taken to ease the financial straitjacket on trusts. The health minister, Alan Milburn, intends to bring forward to October, from February, the allocations to …