Health Services: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of or received legal advice on the implications for patients of non-compliance with part (9)(43)(3) of The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) Regulations 2012, which states that a relevant body must make arrangements to ensure that at the end of each data collection period not less than 92 per cent of the persons falling within paragraph 4 have been waiting to commence treatment for less than 18 weeks.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No such assessment has been made.

The Government has made clear to NHS England that the Referral to Treatment standard, as described in The National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2015, is nothing less than the statutory standard.

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