National Audit Office ReportThe report calls for the NHS to do more to reduce waiting times. It also calls for an end to manipulation of the system for cosmetic purposes, for inequalities across the country to be reduced and for the information system to be sharpened up. The NAO found that 20% of consultants admitted to giving earlier treatment to patients to meet targets. Waiting lists were judged unreliable because some patients only featured on lists after varying periods as outpatients and the names of other patients should have been removed from lists. The report urges wider implementation of innovative practices and identifies five key areas of good practice. It recognizes that the National Patients’ Access Team has a comprehensive range of work programmes in place and is taking forward the recommendations.
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