NHS Waiting Times

I agree that waiting time targets are important when it comes to the quality of care received by patients because we know that long waits can affect outcomes. There are also problems however if targets end up causing unintended consequences, for example, someone with a serious condition could end up waiting longer if staff are feeling under pressure to get minor non urgent cases seen first because they are close to a waiting time threshold.

This is why it is important in my view to continue to keep targets in place to protect standards but to review how they are operating. This will be led by the NHS through their clinical standards review.