This story appears in today's Sunday Telegraph:
Almost half of NHS hospitals across England are now deliberately delaying operations to save money.
Patricia Hewitt, the beleaguered Health Secretary, has vowed to resign if the NHS fails to balance its books by the end of the financial year
Patricia Hewitt has vowed to resign if the NHS fails to balance its books by the end of the financial year
"Minimum waiting times" have been imposed by at least 43 per cent of Acute NHS Trusts, a survey for Channel 4's Dispatches programme found. Treatments are often postponed for more than 20 weeks, despite staff and equipment being available.
So Mrs Hewitt has cynically decided to save her own neck rather than provide timely care to NHS patients waiting for treatment