Skip to comments.Private hospital operations to cut NHS waiting times
Posted on 09/07/2011 6:23:09 AM PDT by markomalley
The NHS in Wales has been given the go ahead to use private hospitals to help cut waiting times for orthopaedic surgery.
The Welsh Government said local health boards should explore all possible ways of meeting targets.
The Conservatives said Labour had to clarify its policy and the Lib Dems that it was "muddled and inconsistent".
Prior to May's assembly election, the previous government ruled out the use of the private sector in the NHS.
A plan to treat orthopaedic patients in south Wales within the target time of 36 weeks lists the use of the independent sector among a series of options. It adds that Welsh patients could be sent to London or Newcastle for operations.
A pledge to end the use of private hospitals in the NHS by this year was a key plank of the health policy of the former Welsh Assembly Government coalition between Labour and Plaid Cymru.
In its manifesto for May's assembly election, Labour - now governing alone - said it had delivered on the promise to eliminate the use of private sector hospitals from the NHS.
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