PATIENTS in North Yorkshire are being forced to wait for treatment so that Primary Care Trust bosses can balance their books, a report claims.
North Yorkshire and York PCT is one of several to have confirmed a policy of imposing some form of minimum wait so that patients are not seen too quickly.
The PCT said it recommended patients were not treated before a minimum of 12 to 16 weeks.
The confirmation that more PCTs are adopting such a policy comes as a report out claimed that 2007 would be a "make or break" year for the NHS.
The study, from the think-tank Reform, saidcosts had not been addressed and there had been a failure to invest in services.
This has led to a service that is weaker than it was two years ago.