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NHS to scrap key targets

21st June 2010

Andrew Lansley, the new health secretary, has announced that patients in England will not have the guarantee of seeing their GP within 48 hours because of scaled down targets. 

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Mr Lansley said doctors would be able to decide which patients to give priority to, in a move expected to affect 189 million GP visits annually.

He also announced that hospital waiting time bureaucracy will be reduced, as hospitals will have the expectation set that they see patients within 18 weeks, but would not have to provide proof to local management.

The health secretary said the target for seeing A&E patients within a four-hour period would be reduced from 98% to 95%.

This change is the beginning of a move to change how performance is calculated in A&E departments.

Mr Lansley said these changes could help to save 46% in management costs in the next few years.

Mr Lansley said: "I want to free the NHS from bureaucracy and targets that have no clinical justification and move to an NHS which measures its performance on patient outcomes."

"Doctors will be free to focus on the outcomes that matter - providing quality patient care," he added.

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Anonymous

Thursday 24th June 2010 @ 7:45

Cut costs and bureaucracy by reducing the frequency of mandatory training a huge time consuming issue. Reduce management meetings. These are small issues to the government but start here and continue to reduce costs keep nurses on the wards not in the offices.


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Article Information

Title: NHS to scrap key targets
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15230
Date Added: 21st Jun 2010

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