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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.

Have elective waiting times passed a tipping point?

  • February 14th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The Royal College of Surgeons suggest elective waiting times have passed a tipping point nationally. I suggest they may instead have succumbed to the national obsession with targets.

Elective waiting times tread water in November

  • January 18th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Waiting times were steady in November, and other indicators followed the usual post-2012 pattern. Which means things are still getting steadily worse.

Managing patients or the target?

  • January 12th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

An obsession with percentages, instead of waiting times, shows how waiting list management revolves around the target instead of patients' needs.

English waiting times growth trebles

  • December 14th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Since the incomplete pathways target was first met in 2012, English waiting times have been creeping up at about half a week per year. Now they're growing three times faster.

When would you give up on waiting times?

  • December 13th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Managing the 18 week waiting times target directly? That risks a loss of control if the waiting list gets too big and the target becomes unsustainable.

Where next for England’s referral-to-treatment waiting times?

  • December 8th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Expect 20 week RTT waits and 4 million patients on the waiting list in 2017, rising to 21 week waits in 2018, and so on indefinitely until the NHS in England starts keeping up with demand.

Here are your referral-to-treatment trajectories for the next two years

  • December 5th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

We've run the published RTT data through Gooroo Planner, and produced detailed trajectories for trusts and specialties right across England for the next two years. Here they all are. You're welcome.

English waits top 19 weeks, all surgical specialties now in breach

  • November 15th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Elective waits passed the 19 week mark, all surgical specialties are now breaching, and only 69 per cent of local specialties are within target. As the waiting list grows this is only going to get worse.

A convincing picture – the power of visualisation

  • November 10th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Are Board performance reports intended to stimulate minds, or put them to sleep? A powerful visualisation can almost make change inevitable.