Waiting time fines 'delayed'5th January 2012
The government has been accused of delaying waiting time fines for hospitals.
NHS trusts were expected to be given penalties of up to £1 million starting in April if they failed to reduce the numbers of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment but now the Department of Health says it will not bring in the fines until next year at the earliest. Labour’s Andy Burnham said the delay “further undermined the already fragile confidence” in health secretary Andrew Lansley’s ability to run the NHS.
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