Average hospital waiting times have risen under Labour, figures show.
Before Labour came to power in 1997 waits of more than 18 months were not uncommon, but now no-one waits longer than six months in England.
However, NHS data reveals in 1997-98 median average waits stood at 41 days, but by last year had risen to 49 days.
The government said it was the price paid for the end of really long waits, but doctors said longer waits included some patients with serious conditions.
Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, said: "All that has happened is that the government has put an end to the really long waits and the really short waits.
"Doctors have been stopped from using their clinical judgement and pushing people through the system when they need to be.
"Of course, it is good that the really long waits have gone, but it is wrong to say that all patient care has improved because of shorter waits."
Brilliant. So, you can imagine my unconfined joy as I found, on some student discussion board, this moronic statement.
The NHS is one of this Countries greatest assets.