Why may some NHS trusts miss waiting time targets?
Some of the top-performing NHS trusts in England are warning they may fail to hit waiting time targets this year, official documents show.
Annual plans from foundation trusts show one in six predicts it will struggle to see patients needing non-emergency operations in time.
Similar numbers expressed concern about A&E waiting times, the review by regulator Monitor showed.
Its Chief Executive, Dr David Bennett, said there were various reasons why some areas were struggling, but "the focus is entirely on making sure if there are problems, that they get fixed".
04 Aug 2011
- From the section Health