New clinically-led review of NHS access standards

Proposed clinical improvements aim to deliver rapid assessment and treatment for patients with the most serious conditions — and expand short waits for millions more NHS patients.

NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis announced the proposals, which have been developed by some of the country’s leading clinicians, working with local health leaders and patient groups.

They lock in the benefits of existing targets while updating them to ensure they support frontline staff to deliver on the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions to save hundreds of thousands more lives.