Friday, 17 November 2017

'Phantom' three-month NHS waiting times branded 'unethical'

'Phantom' three-month NHS waiting times branded 'unethical' NHS bosses have threatened to impose “phantom” three-month minimum waiting times in order to save money in the hope that patients “get better over time”.

More than a million people could be affected by new rules forcing them to wait for routine procedures such as cataract operations and hip replacements even if they practically could be seen sooner.

It means that under the proposals, which were last night branded “disgusting” by patient groups, some would end up waiting twice the length they currently do naturally.

Minimum waiting times were banned by the Government in 2011 which criticised them as prolonging unnecessary suffering. The Daily Telegraph

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