Thirteen local health communities today pledged to meet the government's 18-week treatment target a full year before the rest of the NHS.

The government has said that by the end of 2008, patients can expect a maximum wait of 18 weeks from referral to the start of treatment. Eighteen weeks is the maximum but many patients will be treated more quickly, most in approximately seven weeks, according to the Department of Health.

www.18weeks.nhs.uk

Thirteen local health communities today pledged to meet the government's 18-week treatment target a full year before the rest of the NHS.

The government has said that by the end of 2008, patients can expect a maximum wait of 18 weeks from referral to the start of treatment. Eighteen weeks is the maximum but many patients will be treated more quickly, most in approximately seven weeks, according to the Department of Health.

www.18weeks.nhs.uk