Back in June Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary, scrapped two key NHS waiting time targets. He ended a patient’s right to see a family doctor within 48 hours and axed the 18-week target covering the period from hospital referral to treatment. The number of NHS patients waiting 6 weeks or more for diagnostic tests has risen by 50% this year.
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