NHS waiting lists eliminated?

So Andy Burnham claimed this morning that there are no more waiting lists in the NHS. My jaw dropped. I know the government is in trouble, but saying things like this is not the answer. I’m listening to Radio 5 and they are talking about this story – not surprising given that Burnham made the comments on 5 Live Breakfast this morning. He made them in the context of the launch of a new website, www.nhs.uk, which aims to give people information about their local hospital. This is a very welcome development, and starts to address the most obvious problem with Choose and Book – how on earth are we supposed to make informed choices about healthcare if we don’t know how the providers are performing? However Burnham’s claim has overshadowed this – someone has just released a stamement saying his words “weren’t meant to be taken literally”. Oh dear.
I’ll have to dust off the rest of the Choose and Book odyssey now – I will probably give it a page of its own. Bet you can’t wait…

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