Feb 15th, 2019
NHS waiting times
By 38 Degrees team
|The government could be about to drop NHS waiting time targets – which doctors say could be “catastrophic” for patient care.  But it gets worse: they’re trying to do it behind closed doors. 
They’re carrying out a major review into NHS waiting times.  But right now, patients like us aren’t getting a say.  This review could mean the difference between getting seen quickly in an emergency, or long nights in A&E waiting rooms. We can’t afford to let it happen without us.
Behind closed doors, it’s easy to push through unpopular moves. But if this review is out in the open, it will be much harder for the government to drop waiting times targets. That’s why we need to make sure our MPs are speaking out and demanding that the health secretary, Matt Hancock, makes this review public.
It’s not just the public that are being locked out of this review It’s been reported that top doctors aren’t being properly consulted on what should happen either.  It’s not acceptable that patients and doctors aren’t getting a say on NHS waiting times.
38 Degrees members like you and me aren’t against changes to our NHS in principle. But when it comes to decisions that will affect the way us and our families get looked after when we need it most, we absolutely deserve a say.