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Fast track centres aim to cut waiting times

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:451
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

    Plans to build 26 fast track surgery centres in the NHS in England have been included in a substantially expanded hospital building programme. The centres aim to speed up the treatment of patients with non-urgent needs who often have their operations cancelled at the last minute. The health secretary, Alan Milburn, said that £3.1bn ($4.7bn) would be invested in 29 new hospital schemes around England—11 more than signalled in the NHS Plan, published last July.

    Sixteen of the fast track centres would be based in the new hospitals and 10 in existing hospitals. Work on the new hospitals is to start this year, …

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