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NHS: Crackdown on ‘hidden waiting’ ordered by ministers

by admin | 18th November 2011

NHS: Crackdown on ‘hidden waiting’ ordered by ministers

Ministers are ordering a crackdown on “hidden” waiting in the NHS in England.

Hospitals currently have to see non-urgent patients within 18 weeks but there are nearly 250,000 on lists who have waited for longer than this.

Ministers believe there is not enough incentive for these patients to be treated, meaning some are left “languishing” unnecessarily.

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By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

17th November 2011

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