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Scottish NHS Plan promises speedier treatment

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:10
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Every patient in Scotland has been given a guarantee that, from 2003, they will wait no longer than nine months for NHS hospital treatment. The pledge, which cuts the present maximum waiting time limit by three months, is contained in the Scottish NHS Plan, published last month. The plan contains additional commitments to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

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