Hospital waiting times 'improving' in southern England

Waiting times for hospital patients are improving across the south of England, according to latest NHS statistics.

Government targets state 95% of outpatients and 90% of inpatients should be treated within 18 weeks of being referred by a GP.

NHS South of England said it met the target for 95.9% of outpatients in December, which rose to 97.2% by April.

It said 91.2% of inpatients were being treated within 18 weeks in December and that rose to 92% by April.

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