Headlines, PublicNet: 12 September, 1997

The NHS is on course to move from the internal market to an approach based on fairness and co-operation. This policy direction was set out by Frank Dobson, Secretary of State for Health in Commissioning Guidance for 1998/99.The areas where greater fairness will be pusued include the distribution of resources between planned and urgent activity and between GP fundholders andnon-fundholders. There will also be common waiting time standards covering all patients within a Health Authority. These standards will be introduced from 1 April.

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