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Junior doctors’ strikes – the effect on waiting times

  • September 13th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The junior doctors' strikes mean a loss of elective activity and a rise in waiting times. But don't go blaming them for the continued breach of "18 weeks".

Letting doctors decide on waiting times

  • September 5th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Should we stop having targets for elective waiting times? And what do vicars have to do with it?

Some suggestions for the Patients Association about elective waiting times

  • September 5th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The Patients Association's waiting times report had a big impact, but NHS England were still justified in calling it “misleading and statistically flawed”. How could future reports avoid the pitfalls?

England remains solidly in breach of 18 weeks as new incentives loom

  • August 16th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Longer-waiting services should have improved in June, as Trusts approach the start of their "reset" trajectories in July. But instead those longer waits got worse.

Are the ’18 weeks’ trajectories deliverable?

  • August 12th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The "financial reset" document explains how 18 week waiting times will be restored. But will it work?

How to achieve your RTT trajectories

  • August 9th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

NHS Improvement's financial "reset" includes challenging RTT trajectories with money attached. Firefighting isn't enough - you need to plan this properly. Fortunately, Gooroo Planner takes it in its stride. Here's how to do it.

Winter is coming – why you need to plan for it now

  • August 9th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Winter: season of full beds, cancelled theatre sessions, and frustrated surgeons. With a bit of careful planning, it doesn't have to be like this.

English waits improve slightly in May

  • July 19th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Usually waiting times improve in April, but this year the English NHS waited until May. It wasn't enough to achieve the target though.

Scotland’s review of NHS targets

  • July 11th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Getting the elective targets right is important. But balancing activity against demand matters more.

RIP 18 weeks – how can it be resuscitated?

  • July 7th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

It's a recurring problem, and it needs a recurring solution. But all that's on offer is short-term fixes.