Skip to main content

NHS: Standards

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets for waiting times for hospital services will apply to NHS hospital trusts in December 2008; and if he will make a statement. (207349)

‘The NHS in England: The Operating Framework for 2008-09’ sets out the standard for waiting times for hospital services, which will apply to national health service trusts. By December 2008, no one should have to wait more than 18 weeks from the time they are referred to the start of their treatment, unless it is clinically appropriate or they choose to wait longer. Copies of the 2008-09 Operating Framework are available in the Library.