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NHS to target long waits for ops

The NHS in England has been ordered to prioritise patients who have endured long waits for routine treatment.

Ministers want to see more than 100,000 procedures carried out during the summer on those who have waited longer than 18 weeks - the official target.

But ministers conceded it may mean performance against the waiting time target slipping in what they said would be a "managed breach".

BBC's Health Editor Hugh Pym reports.

  • 04 Aug 2014
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