The dismantling of primary care trusts and creation of an independent board will remove public accountability, while the scrapping of Labour's maximum 18-week wait
for treatment will see a rise in waiting times, Mr Burnham will claim.
HEALTH LABOUR Guarantee a maximum two-week wait for cancer referrals and a maximum 18-week wait
for hospital treatment.
WHAT THE PARTIES ARE SAYING ON HEALTH LABOUR GUARANTEED maximum 18-week wait
for operation, two weeks to see cancer specialist, one week for cancer test results.
No one minds the 18-week wait
for these beauties at Seaside Chic, 217 W.
And the British Medical Association said the target of a maximum 18-week wait
was still too long.
"We are working with the NHS as part of its initiative to improve the delivery of diagnostic services and give faster access to patients in order to support the Government's 18-week wait
and patient choice initiatives."
Promises of a maximum 18-week wait
for NHS treatment and cancer test results within a week were confirmed.
Tackling infections, improving patient experience and beating the 18-week wait
from referral to treatment are among the main points listed.
Under the new system, PCTs will also, from 2008, be able to fine hospitals that treat patients too slowly - missing a target of a maximum 18-week wait
from GP referral.
She added it was pleasing the A&E target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours had been exceeded in both April and May, but drew the board's attention to the failures in one cancer target and one 18-week wait
for treatment target.
He said: "The trust has been working as a pioneer site for the Department of Health to pilot the work necessary to achieve the 18-week wait
Fertility expert Dr Gillian Lockwood said the Government should seek to make its 18-week wait
target apply to assisted conceptions and investigations.