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Private medical cover to provide alternative as NHS waiting lists soar?

Published on 07/12/2010
More people may take out private medical cover after it was revealed that NHS waiting times have soared recently.

According to health news provider Pulse, tens of thousands of patients are now waiting more than 18 weeks from referral to treatment following the government's decision to scrap performance management of the NHS target.

After the enforcement of the 18-week target was scrapped in June, the number of patients missing out on treatment within 18 weeks of referral jumped by 15 per cent between July and September.

Some 45,000 patients went without treatment within the 18-week limit in September, including 12.6 per cent of patients awaiting orthopaedic or trauma treatment and 10.6 per cent awaiting oral surgery.

Dr Jennifer Dixon, director of the Nuffield Trust, told the news provider: "Once you scrap hard targets, it's likely actions to achieve them will wane. I guess that's what we're starting to see."

The news follows a recent census conducted by the Royal College of Physicians which claimed that NHS hospitals do not have enough senior doctors present to care for patients out of hours and at weekends, instead relying on junior doctors to pick up the slack.
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