Impact assessment

Impact Assessment: the Introduction of a right to access services within maximum waiting times into the NHS Constitution

This publication was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

A regulatory impact assessment of the introduction of a right to access services within maximum waiting times into the NHS Constitution.

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There is a need to ensure patients continue to start consultant-led treatment within 18 weeks of GP referral, and to see a cancer specialist within 2 weeks in cases of urgent referrals. Establishing a right to the 18-week and 2-week suspected cancer waiting time operational standards ‘locks in’ the level of delivery already being met by the NHS and ensures that it becomes an enduring NHS commitment.