Sunday, 24 February 2008

Channel 4 Dispatches: NHS: Operation Delays

Hospitals are being forced to delay operations to balance their books to save Patricia Hewitt's job, who described minimum waiting times (sometimes as much as 26 weeks) as "unfortunate and frustrating, but necessary". In a Dispatches interview, Mrs Hewitt said: "The NHS is on track to get back into financial balance for the current year. That is what we promised to do and that is what will happen as a result of very difficult decisions that have to be made throughout the NHS".