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Howard blunder causes Tories to backtrack

Contributed by admin on Jun 24, 2004 - 05:05 PM


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<FONT color=black>HOWARD BLUNDER CAUSES TORIES TO BACKTRACK

The Tories have admitted Michael Howard had been wrong to claim o­ne of his Folkestone and Hythe constituents had waited 20 months for cancer treatment.

The Conservative leader made the blunder in the Commons when he launched an attack o­n Labour's health record.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust revealed that the longest wait for radiotherapy was 20 weeks not months.

The health secretary John Reid said Mr Howard should apologise to the NHS trust after they said the longest wait for any of their cancer patients was 14 weeks.