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NHS Hospital waiting times already highest in three years

The NHS’ efficiency drive is already beginning to damage hospital waiting times, according to the King’s Fund think tank. Its research found the need to achieve £20 billion of efficiency savings was increasing the difficulty of managing demand for services, meeting targets and maintaining quality. Nearly 15% of hospital inpatients waited over the 18-week period […]

NHS waiting lists rise after doctors’ hours cut by eu red tape

Hospital waiting times have begun to rise again after years of decline following the introduction of European rules on junior doctors’ working hours.Waiting times in the NHS had been dropping since the 1990s but the rules limiting junior doctors to a 48-hour week, which were implemented last August, had reversed the trend. Thousands more patients […]

NHS waiting times targets relaxed and abandoned

NHS Hospital waiting times have been relaxed or scrapped as part of a drive by the new Government to rid the NHS of Labour’s ‘target culture’. Nursing and doctors’ leaders welcomed the greater flexibility they have been given to treat patients according to clinical need rather than being forced to stick to strict central guidelines. […]