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Success on one-year waits, but waiting list grows to record-breaking size

  • May 15th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The English NHS achieved its important ambition to halve the number of one year waiters during 2018-19. However the underlying waiting list continued to grow, reaching record levels and frustrating the other main ambition for elective waits.

Waiting list grows 7.3 per cent

  • April 16th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list is still growing, and the admission rate still faltering, despite the promises and plans.

We are taking the wrong approach to beds and bed occupancy

  • April 16th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

A better understanding of risk will underpin the case for reducing today's high bed occupancies.

Average RTT waiting times are pointless and a missed opportunity

  • April 8th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

Average waiting time targets will make the numbers look smaller, but that's about it. Field testing should explore other options that might actually deliver the review's aims.

January’s efforts slow the deterioration in elective waits

  • March 20th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

In spite of record pressures on A&E waiting times, the English NHS managed to have a fairly normal January for elective care.

Separating electives from non-electives

  • March 6th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

Are hot and cold sites the right answer? The last in a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Different beds, different bed occupancies

  • February 27th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The differences between medicine and maternity, big units and small ones. Part 6 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Waiting times in the Long Term Plan

  • February 25th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The Long Term Plan will be a bit hollow until other reports fill it in later this year. But it contains some tantalising hints about how things are likely to go.

Morning discharges and the 4 hour target

  • February 20th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

They help, but only when bed occupancy is very high. Part 5 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Winter hits elective waiting times

  • February 19th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

RTT waiting times shot up in December as winter started to bite. In better news, one year waits continued to fall.