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Follow-up outpatients and the clinical harm of delay

  • July 6th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Everybody agrees that clinical priorities should come first. Why does this principle break down when it comes to follow-up outpatients?

Interpreting Capacity analysis: the control Charts

  • June 21st, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Is your bed flow designed to deliver regular crises? Is theatre performance stable? Control charts analyse your bed, theatre and clinic capacity for different days of the week, so that you can tell what was expected performance and what was unusual.

Waiting times top 20 weeks – and will probably stay there

  • June 16th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The winter lull kept English waiting times below 20 weeks for the last few months, but now they're back. This time it's probably permanent.

Scottish waiting times still rising as election approaches

  • May 30th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Elective waiting times are still shooting up in Scotland. And I reckon they're a good deal longer than in England.

Cancer – when waiting time doesn’t mean a waiting list

  • May 25th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The 14-day and 31-day cancer targets suggest that cancer waits can be managed like other elective waiting lists. But the complexity of cancer pathways suggests that a different approach is needed.

We’ve upgraded our server

  • May 18th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Our old server was over 3 years old, so we decided it was time to replace it. And the new one is a lot beefier.

Waiting list stays below 4 million for the general election

  • May 17th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list managed to stay inside 4 million, in the last figures to be published before the general election. It won't last.

How common is late validation of elective waiting lists?

  • May 15th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

There is suspicion that some hospitals might have deliberately delayed waiting list validation in order to game the 18 week target. But the evidence suggests that late validation (for any reason) is not widespread, and therefore deliberate late validation must be even rarer.

Why letting the waiting list grow is a false economy

  • May 4th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Letting the waiting list grow is like borrowing from a loan shark: a bit of short term relief, followed by years of risk and expense. Something for the next government to bear in mind.

Where did the financial penalties go?

  • April 28th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Which waiting times target had its financial penalties scrapped in the last month? Which were scrapped but then reinstated? Which were beefed up? And which might change yet again?