Drive to end 'unacceptable' 12 month NHS waiting list

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said it is "unacceptable" that patients should have to wait more than a year for NHS treatment in England, unless it is clinically necessary.

He announced a £250 million drive to cut down waiting lists by performing more than 100,000 additional treatments in the NHS during the summer.

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Extra 40,000 'to be admitted to hospital'

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.

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