Niall Dickson reviews the government's efforts to cut NHS waiting times.
It is a sad but interesting fact of modern political life that when government does something right little credit is given.
There have been dramatic falls in the time patients wait for hospital treatment and if we want an honest assessment of this administration's achievements as well as its failures that should be acknowledged.
Ten years ago patients routinely waited 18 months for treatment, in some cases they waited years or died before the NHS could get its act together. Today most will be seen in less than six months.