NHS patients in England will experience longer waits for routine elective hospital operations, such as knee and hip replacements, as compliance with the 18-week performance target is “relaxed”, pragmatically, as a trade-off for achieving improved services in cancer care, mental health, general practice and A&E.
Triggle, N. (2017). NHS operations: Waiting times to rise in ‘trade-off’, boss says. London: BBC Health News, March 31st 2017.
Pym, H. (2017). Better care but longer waits – the NHS prescription London: BBC Health News, March 31st 2017.
For more information, refer to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View: Next Steps On (NHS England).
June 2017 Statistical Update
Waiting times for routine treatment, in England, lasting longer than 18 weeks are estimated to be the worst / longest since September 2008.
Hospital long waits highest since 2008. London: BBC Health News, June 9th 2017.