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A key indicator of NHS performance is the target to reach 90% of patients within 18 weeks - but there is a backlog of 193,000 people who have waited longer.
A budget of £250m has been allocated to prioritise their care, but this could bring longer waits for others.
Planned operations on the NHS are "going backwards" because Tory mismanagement has lead to more emergency admissions, according to the shadow care minister.
Liz Kendall said the main challenge for the NHS was to "help keep people fit and healthy and living at home" so hospital admissions could be kept down.
An extra 40,000 will be admitted to hospital for vital treatment after the Heath Secretary announced extra funding to help cut NHS waiting lists.
According to Jeremy Hunt, the extra £250 million will pay for:
- Reduce long waits will see 100,000 treatments to people who have been waiting more than 18 weeks.
- A casework review of every patient waiting over or close to 52 weeks, to ensure that they are treated as a priority and are not made to wait for an operation unless there are strong clinical reasons.
No patient should have to wait for more than 12 months for medical treatment, unless it is clinically necessary, Jeremy Hunt has declared.
The Health Secretary announced a £250 million cash injection to end the "unacceptable" year-long waiting period some patients had to endure.
The money will be used to fund 100,000 extra treatments for NHS patients over the summer.
Mr Hunt highlighted a dramatic cut in numbers of people waiting 12 months or more for treatment, which has fallen from 18,458 when the coalition Government came to power in 2010 to 574 now.