Elective Care Framework - Restart, Recovery and Redesign

Date published: 15 June 2021

Last updated: 25 January 2024


This document sets out a five year plan to reduce the backlog of patients currently waiting for assessment and treatment.


The Elective Care Framework proposes a £700m investment over five years. It sets out firm, time bound proposals for how we will systematically tackle the backlog of patients waiting longer than Ministerial standards, and how we will invest in and transform services to allow us to meet the population’s demands in future.  It describes the investment and reform that are both required - targeted investment to get many more people treated as quickly as possible; and reform to ensure the long-term problems of capacity and productivity are properly addressed.

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