There is no specific statement in the current NHS Standard Contract which prohibits the use of minimum waiting times by commissioners. The NHS Standard Contract has been reviewed and published annually since 2013/14. No changes have been made to the NHS Standard Contract with respect to setting minimum waiting times during this time.
Clinical priority is the main determinant of when patients should be treated followed by the chronological order of when they were added to the waiting list. Clinicians should make decisions about patients’ treatment and patients should not experience undue delay at any stage of their referral, diagnosis or treatment.