NHS chief executive David Nicholson has said the NHS should achieve a net surplus of £250m by the end of 2007-08.

Other priorities, set out in an operating framework for 2007-08, include 85 per cent of patients admitted for hospital treatment and 80 per cent of patients who do not require admission being treated within 18 weeks by March 2008.

Local targets should also be agreed between PCTs and providers to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Read the framework here

NHS chief executive David Nicholson has said the NHS should achieve a net surplus of£250m by the end of 2007-08.

Other priorities, set out in an operating framework for 2007-08, include 85 per cent of patients admitted for hospital treatment and 80 per cent of patients who do not require admission being treated within 18 weeks by March 2008.

Local targets should also be agreed between PCTs and providers to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Read the framework here