English waiting lists fell last month after two months of unexpected rises. The number of patients waiting to be admitted to hospital fell by 0.2 per cent to 1,094,300 between the end of May and the end of June, prompting health secretary Frank Dobson to claim the government was 'firmly on course' to honour its manifesto commitment to cut waiting lists by 100,000. Lists are now 63,753 below the figure the government inherited on 1 May 1997. One patient had been waiting for more than 18 months at the end of June.