Report paints rosy picture of NHS

NHS services are improving despite spiralling deficits, according to a DoH report.

Nine out of 10 cancer patients were treated within two months of an urgent GP referral in the last quarter of 2005/6. The report from the NHS chief executive, published last week, says the maximum wait for inpatient admissions is down to six months, and A&E departments treat 98 per cent of patients within four hours (www.dh.gov.uk).

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