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Government claims success over 18 week target

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More patients are being seeing within 18 weeks from GP referral to treatment, the Department of Health has announced.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo said that by March 2008 8% of patients who required admission to hospital had been treated within 18 weeks.

The government has set a target for patients to seen within the 18 week timeframe by December 2008. The DoH wants 95 per cent of non-admitted patients and 90% of admitted patients seen in 18 weeks.

‘Today’s data indicates that most NHS trusts are on track to achieve the December target to treat all patients within 18 weeks and many have already met it,’ Ms Primarolo said.

‘Ten years ago it was not uncommon to wait 18 months or more for treatment and people died languishing on waiting lists,’ she added.

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