Surgery: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking reduce waiting times for routine operations.

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

Reducing elective care waiting times continues to be a high priority for the National Health Service. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out the NHS priorities and reiterates the focus on increasing the amount of planned surgery year-on-year, to cut long waits, and reduce the size of hospital waiting lists.

The Long Term Plan also reinforces the NHS commitment to offer choice, including the promise of choice at 26 weeks. This will be delivered as a full rollout over the next year of the planned NHS-managed choice process, which will systematically identify 26-week waiters and contact them to offer choice for treatment at an earlier date.

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