The Waiting Time Guru

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Scottish waiting times still worsening

Waiting times are getting worse in Scotland, but you wouldn’t know it from the government’s press release.

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CQC to improve referral to treatment monitoring

The CQC are improving their 18-weeks monitoring. It still isn’t perfect, but that may not be entirely their fault.

Rob Findlay

Sandbags, dredging and waiting times forecasts

What can the NHS learn from the Environment Agency’s management of flood risk?

Your 18 week waits: December 2013 data

Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one-year-waits, with links to all the detail by organisation and specialty.

And so it begins: the decline of 18 week waits

The waiting list usually shrinks from August to December. Not this time. The waiting list now looks set to pass the 3 million mark around Easter, and there is a risk of England-wide 18 week breaches this year.

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Waiting times: safe, fair, short, efficient

The Northern Ireland Assembly asked for some advice on waiting times policy. So I had a grand day out in Belfast, and this is what I suggested.

The NAO report on NHS waiting times for elective care in England

The NAO have done a good report on waiting times. This is an opportunity to simplify the targets, make better use of Choose & Book, and knuckle down to the hard job of getting the record-keeping right.

Contract planning, or last minute scramble?

Last minute deals, plans that nobody believes in… does the annual contracting round have to be like this?

Your 18 week waits: November 2013 data

Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one year waits, with links to all the detail by organisation and specialty.

18 week waits still holding

The NHS held steady on 18 weeks with an increase in admissions, despite signs of increased pressure on waiting times.

Your 18 week waits: October 2013 data

Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one-year waits, with links to all the detail by organisation and specialty.

Waiting list grows in October for first time

For the first time since records began, the English waiting list grew in October. Still, 18-week waits were steady. One-year waits probably got worse.

Long-waits soar in Scotland

Scotland is achieving its main waiting times targets. Yet long-waits are soaring.

Your 18 week waits: September 2013 data

Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one year waits, with links to all the detail by organisation.

Waiting times steady in September

The position on English waiting times remained steady in September. But nearly half the country’s one year waiters were reported at just one hospital.

Do the CQC and Monitor understand 18 week waits?

The regualtors are applying the target in ways that deter hospitals from treating long waiting patients. Let’s hear the reasons why.

Your 18 week waits: August 2013 data

Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one-year-waits, with links to all the detail by organisation and specialty.

Unexpected rise in August waiting list

The waiting list put on a surprising growth spurt in August. Yet long-waits performance remained steady.

Your 18 week waits: July 2013 data

All the local detail on 18 weeks by provider, commissioner and specialty, with interactive maps

English waiting list peaking just below 3 million

The English waiting list peaks just below 3 million: the largest reported list size since April 2008. But 18 weeks performance remains steady.

The annual planning round (and round, and round)

How can we structure this year's planning round, to stop it from going around in circles?

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Outpatient waits take the pain in Scotland

Scotland does well against its two main waiting times targets. So why are outpatient waits soaring?

Your 18 week waits: June 2013 data

All the local detail on 18 weeks by provider, commissioner and specialty, with interactive maps

Waiting list grows more slowly as NHS catches up

The waiting list grew more slowly in June, helped by higher admission rates. Even though the waiting list remains very large, 18 weeks performance held steady.

Awash with waiting times measures

Monitoring only the RTT waiting times standards can land you in trouble. Here’s how to stay on track.

Your 18 week waits: May 2013 data

The local picture on one year and 18 week waits across England, updated with the latest data.

The waiting list grows, but 18 week waits improve

A narrow record-best on 18 weeks, slippage on one-year-waits, and a further worrying increase in the number waiting.

Your 18 week waits: April 2013 data

The local picture on one-year and 18 week waits across England, updated with the April 2013 data.

Record breaking rise in English waiting list

The English waiting list got much bigger again in April. There will be trouble.

Waiting lists and criminal offences

It will soon be a criminal offence to supply false or misleading waiting list data. Time to get ready.