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.
More top news
Which? put in a 'super-complaint' after finding firms exaggerate discounts with dodgy multi-buys, shrinking products and baffling offers.
The Queen celebrates her 89th birthday today - but will she get to share it with her new great-grandchild?
Phil Rudd also pleaded guilty to possessing crystal meth and marijuana in a New Zealand court.