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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?

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?