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Elective waits hold steady in February

  • April 21st, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Referral-to-treatment waiting times were largely unchanged in February - the last full month when most trusts felt subject to financial penalties for this NHS Constitution standard.

Achieving cancer waiting times targets

  • April 12th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Cancer pathways are complex. But you still need to model the capacity needed to achieve short waiting times. Here's how to do it, with Gooroo Planner.

Not giving up on elective waiting times

  • April 10th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

When elective waiting times go up, how can we minimise the harm to patients?

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View

  • March 31st, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

It's a downgrade for RTT waiting times, and promotion for A&E and cancer waits, theatre productivity, and separating 'cold' surgery. All areas which are powerfully handled by Gooroo Planner.

Bonfire of financial penalties reaches cancer and RTT standards

  • March 29th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is it happening? And will it work?

If penalties are scrapped for RTT and cancer breaches

  • March 15th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Have penalties been abolished for cancer and RTT waiting time breaches? Let's say they have - so what happens next?

Elective waits improve in January

  • March 15th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list and waiting times fell in January in better-than-expected figures. However the NHS remains in serious breach of the 18 week standard, and on recent trends things are still expected to get worse.

Consultation: adjusting for the gap between actual and calculated waiting times

  • March 6th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

We are consulting on a possible change to the way Gooroo Planner calculates waiting times, with the aim of bridging the gap between actual and calculated waiting times. But we're not sure that the pros outweigh the cons.

Reasons to be cheerful (and gloomy) about elective waits

  • February 19th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Despite the doom and gloom about NHS performance, elective waiting times are actually pretty good. The trouble is, they're heading in the wrong direction.

Now it’s 20 weeks – elective waiting times at pre-target levels

  • February 15th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

English waiting times rose sharply in December, driven by the growing waiting list and winter pressures. And there was a sharp drop in the proportion of local hospital services achieving the 18 week target.