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Right to start consultant-led treatment within 18 weeks

 

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Right to start consultant-led treatment within 18 weeks

As set out in the handbook to the NHS Constitution, patients have a right to start consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks unless they choose to wait longer, or it is clinically appropriate that they wait longer.

The maximum waiting times legislation requires commissioners to consider the Referral to Treatment: Consultant-led Waiting Times - Rules Suite.