News in brief: 24-hour surgery plan

Hospitals are being asked to consider round-the-clock surgery to help meet 18-week waiting targets. The 18-week target measures waiting times for hospital operations from a patient’s first GP appointment. Prime minister Tony Blair said that meeting this target would bring the average waiting time to seven or eight weeks, but the BMA has criticised the government for placing too much emphasis on waiting times.

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