§ 26. Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce waiting lists in the next 12 months. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Our immediate priorities are to manage winter pressures and to eliminate 18 month waits for treatment by the end of March. We are doing this. The national Waiting List Action Team and its regional task forces are working with the National Health Service to ensure that waiting lists will be lower at the end of this Parliament than at the beginning.