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CCGs consider bringing in minimum waiting times

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5359 (Published 17 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5359
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The Royal College of Surgeons has urged clinical commissioning groups to drop plans to introduce minimum waiting times for non-urgent procedures.

Several CCGs, including Trafford and four in Lincolnshire, have said that such plans were being considered alongside a range of measures to cut costs. The CCGs expect that a minimum waiting time would mean some patients not ending up needing or wanting the procedure after all.

Sue Hill, vice president of the surgeons’ college, said that patients in Trafford currently waited an average of 7.2 weeks for any type of treatment. “If this policy were to …

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