Hospital waiting on target

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WAITING times for patients in Wigan have remained on target despite the chaos caused by freezing weather during the winter months.

Latest figures from Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust (PCT) show more than 93 per cent of admitted patients in December received treatment within 18-weeks, in line with NHS targets.

And in the same period, more than 97 per cent of non-admitted patients in the borough were treated after referral by their GP.

National targets mean PCTs across the country must ensure 90 per cent of admitted patients and 95 per cent of non-admitted patients receive treatment within 18 weeks. But that may be scrapped by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley who is expected to announce other indicators.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS (WWL) Foundation Trust had to call off 40 procedures in January for non-urgent surgery as it struggled to deal with a huge influx of seriously ill, injured people or those suffering from flu.

As well as postponing routine operations, families and friends of patients were asked to limit hospital visits.