NHS Winter Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:41 pm on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health 3:41 pm, 8th January 2018

Many areas of the country are doing very well with their waiting times. There are some—this tends to be concentrated in a relatively small number of trusts—where the referral to treatment targets are not being met, and need to be met. Part of the funding settlement achieved in the Budget in November is designed to bring down waiting time targets, to get more people treated within an 18-week period. That will clearly exacerbate the problem during this immediate period in which procedures are being deferred, but we hope that it will not last long.