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Waiting times to be halved


The maximum hospital waiting times contained in the current NHS Plan could be halved, if proposals revealed in leaked Treasury papers come to fruition.

The targets laid out by the Department of Health (DoH) in the leaked papers include a lowering of hospital waiting times to around four and a half months, and a 10 per cent reduction in emergency admission calls.

An abatement of the rise in childhood obesity is another target of the DoH, whose proposals for the Government's comprehensive spending review were detailed in a Treasury draft recently obtained by the Health Service Journal.

A reduction in waiting times to the target indicated would mark a major success for the health ministry, as waiting times are currently targeted at around nine months each.

A Department of Health source told the Telegraph that, while change was still possible, he expected to see "well over 90 per cent" of the leaked proposals in the final Treasury document.