waiting-time guarantee

waiting-time guarantee

An NHS term for the local or national guarantees—whichever time is shorter—that a patient will wait no more than a stated time from:
(1) the hospital's receipt of referral to the first outpatient appointment for a particular type of case (e.g., hip replacement), and/or
(2) the time from the decision to admit to a given admission date.
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But opposition parties and health groups branded the figures "misleading", as they only apply to those covered by the six-month waiting-time guarantee.
It said there was "doubt" about the value of enshrining waiting-time guarantees in law and added: "There is a danger patient rights not included in the Bill could be overlooked if the legislation is introduced.