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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the period of time between a surgical operation and further surgery required by a patient is counted for the purposes of performance against waiting time targets. (257644)

The 18 week commitment covers all consultant-led elective services from the time the patient is referred for treatment to the start of their first definitive hospital treatment. On completion of an 18 week referral to treatment period, a new 18 week clock starts upon the decision to start a substantively new or different treatment that does not already form part of that patient’s agreed care plan.