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Liverpool PCT sees success in reducing the time patients wait from GP referral to treatment

Liverpool Primary Care Trust : 10 June, 2008  (Company News)
More patients in Liverpool, UK, are starting hospital treatment within 18 weeks of referral from their GP than ever before.
Liverpool Primary Care Trust has met its commitment to reduce the time patients wait from referral from their GP to starting their treatment and 89 percent of patients who require admission to hospital are starting treatment within 18 weeks of referral from their GP. This is above the national target of 85 percent.

Derek Campbell, chief executive of Liverpool PCT said: “This is fantastic news for patients in Liverpool and demonstrates Liverpool PCT’s continued commitment to ensuring people within the city are receiving quick and effective healthcare.

“This has given us an excellent foundation on which we will be building over the remainder of the year to ensure at least 90 percent of all patients in Liverpool are being treated within 18 weeks by the end of the December.”

Liverpool PCT has also over achieved the national target of 90 percent of non admitted patients completing their pathway within 18 weeks and 93 percent of patients are now treated within the given period.

It is currently working with services providers to ensure that by December 2008 as many as 95 percent of patients that do not require admission complete their pathway within 18 weeks.

Health Minister for Public Health, Dawn Primarolo added: “Reducing patient waiting times is a major achievement of hospitals and primary care trusts”.

“As well as demonstrating that NHS reform is leading to clinically appropriate effective treatment and care, today’s data indicates that most NHS trusts are on track to achieve the December target to treat all patients within 18 weeks and many have already met it”.

“Ten years ago it was not uncommon to wait 18 months or more for treatment and people died languishing on waiting lists it is fantastic that almost all patients now begin treatment within 18 weeks”.
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