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Shift to outpatient procedures has cut inpatient waiting times in England and Wales

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1367
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Hospital inpatient waiting times have fallen in England and Wales, whereas day case surgery has increased, says a progress report of the health service.

    The Chief Executive's Report to the NHS, published this week, outlines activity and performance in the NHS over the past six months and in the three years since the publication of the NHS Plan.

    It reports that the number of patients waiting longer than one year for surgery fell by 99% from 16 …

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