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Friday, 26 August 2005 13:31
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Waiting list hits all time low
The latest waiting list figures have revealed that fewer people are currently waiting for an NHS operation in England and Wales than at any time in the past 17 years.

At the end of July 813,700 people were on the waiting list, a drop of 10,200 since June and 59,000 since last July.

Only 15 patients waited more than nine months for their operation, with two waiting longer than a year.

The government has pledged to cut waiting times for all patients to a maximum of six months by December.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "This is more evidence of real progress.

"The NHS is working hard to make sure patients have the fastest possible access to treatment.

"The average wait is currently eight weeks and by the end of the year the longest anyone will wait for an operation will be six months.

"But we know there is more to do.

"That is why for the first time in the history of the NHS, we are tackling the hidden waits.

"This is being done through massive extra investment in diagnostic capacity and the introduction a choice of hospital to have your scan."


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