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Waiting list and waiting times rise again

  • October 17th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

A larger waiting list, more patients over 18 weeks, and rising waiting times, all fuelled by a low elective admission rate. There is little to cheer about in August's RTT statistics.

Bed occupancy and risk – real results

  • September 27th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

New techniques reveal how the risk of bed crisis depends on non-elective bed occupancy. Here are some results from real NHS hospitals.

Elective admissions fall again

  • September 20th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

Elective admissions fell to their lowest July rate in ten years. It wasn't a patch on winter's torrid slowdown though.

One year waiters up 13 per cent in June

  • August 15th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

The rise in one year waiters has accelerated.

When there aren’t enough beds

  • August 15th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

Managers are making huge efforts to admit ever more patients through limited beds. Our analysis suggests that most of those interventions will make little difference - though there is one that will.

One year waiters double in six months

  • July 17th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

One year waiters should be going down. Instead they are soaring.

The right bed occupancy

  • July 17th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

Should your bed occupancy be 85 per cent, or 92 per cent? In fact, probably neither because it depends on the situation. We've developed a way of working it out, and were wondering if you'd like to give it a try?

The hare, the tortoise, and restoring 18 week waits

  • June 27th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

The money's on its way, and the government wants to restore 18 week waits. Waiting list initiatives have a proven track record, don't they? And so did Aesop's hare.

Biggest ever RTT waiting list

  • June 20th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

The NHS has now failed to keep up with demand since RTT records began.

Demand, capacity, and the law of averages

  • June 18th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

If you plan capacity without allowing for variation, disaster will follow. Or will it?