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Iain Dale has spotted an attempt to bury bad news on the day that the media is focusing on Tony Blair's evidence session at the Chilcot Inquiry.

The Government has this morning quietly released the latest NHS waiting time statistics for England which read as follows:

The number of inpatients, for whom English commissioners
are responsible, waiting over 13 weeks at the end of December 2009 was
57,600, an increase of 12,300 (27.3%) from November 2009, and a rise of
18,000 (45.3%) from December 2008.

The number of outpatients,
for whom English commissioners are responsible, waiting over 8 weeks at
the end of December 2009 was 74,100, an increase of 11,700 (18.8%) from
November 2009, but a rise of 26,900 (57.0%) from December 2008.

The wheels continue to fall off the Labour wagon…

Jonathan Isaby

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