||<p>Patient access standards are already established for routine consultant-led elective
surgery referrals and for accident and emergency (A&E) waiting times. These are
described in The Handbook to The NHS Constitution which states patients have the right
to start consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral for non-urgent
conditions and a pledge that there should be a maximum four-hour wait in A&E from
arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. The Handbook is available at the following
link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supplements-to-the-nhs-constitution-for-england"