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.
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