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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:37 pm on 11th November 2004.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Secretary of State for Health 2:37 pm, 11th November 2004

I am not proposing a target. I am proposing to scrap a target, because it gets in the way of people being treated quickly. The problem is that with the target, people are not getting treatment as quickly as they need because they are unable to get an appointment when they want it. An arbitrary target misses the point. That is my criticism of the Government's target culture.