Doubts over plans to stop waiting list growing this year
National waiting time targets are likely unachievable with current system plans, NHS England has revealed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

London hospital will replace doctors with AI technology
University College London Hospital will use AI technology to reduce waiting times in A&E and diagnose the most critical 20 per cent of cases to fast-track treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

£13.4m claw back over NHS Wales waiting time failures
Three health boards fail to qualify for a share of £50m extra cash for improving waiting times. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

London hospital is replacing doctors with AI technology to help tackle mounting A & E wait times
University College London Hospital will use AI technology to reduce waiting times in A&E and diagnose the most critical 20 per cent of cases to fast-track treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS leaders face fresh criticism over misleading A&E data
Public confidence in official NHS waiting times data “continues to be undermined” because of lack of action by NHS leaders, the government’s statistics watchdog has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Waiting times targets removed from NHS England guidance
Waiting time targets for treating new and expecting mothers with serious mental health problems were scrapped and removed from new national guidance, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Two-way-looking self-equalizing headway control for bus operations - Zhang S, Lo HK.
Headway variations between successive buses, which lead to bus bunching, is undesirable for both passengers and bus operators, instigating longer average passenger waiting times and capacity underutilization of buses bunched together. Limiting bus bunching... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Translating research to practice: implementing real-time control on high-frequency transit routes - Berrebi SJ, Crudden S, Watkins KE.
On high-frequency routes, buses tend to bunch together, creating gaps in service and causing undue passenger waiting time. There are many approaches to solving the bus bunching problem in the literature but there lacks empirical analysis on practical imple... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Inefficient management of emergency adrenal insufficiency
According to a German study, published inClinical Endocrinology, adrenal insufficiency patients experience highly variable waiting times for glucocorticoid treatment in emergency situations.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 23, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Patients get the green light for smarter choices after latest GP pilot
A pilot system is now making it easier for GPs to understand the waiting times at hospitals for their patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Are angioplasty waiting time inequalities growing again?
This research looked at trends between 2002 and 2015 in waiting times for coronary angioplasty. Early indications suggest that socioeconomic inequality in waiting times for non-emergency coronary angioplasty within hospitals may have started rising in England since 2008. It also indicates that waiting times are 20% longer for patients living in deprived areas compared to patient from more affluent neighbourhoods. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The NHS continues to be ‘ alarmingly under-funded ’ , says health conference
Health members condemned the chronic under funding of the NHS under successive Tory governments, when they debated the issue on the last day of conference in Brighton today. They agreed that the consequences were dire for both patients and NHS staff, who were unable to deliver the level of care they wanted to. Adopting a motion on The funding crisis and its impact on the workforce, conference noted that successive Westminster governments have “failed miserably” to produce a funding settlement that works for the NHS – either directly for England or via the Barnett formula in the devolved nations. Introduci...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference health care health fund Health Funding Crisis health staff NHS funding NHS funding cuts social care Source Type: news

‘ The NHS has always been there ’
The first person to be born in the NHS, nearly 70 years ago, addressed health delegates in Brighton this week, with a striking observation. “I worry that, for the majority of people, the NHS has always been there,” said Aneira Thomas. “They don’t remember a time before it, or they were not born then. “And perhaps the further from that historic day we get, the easier it is to take the NHS for granted, and for expectations to get too high. “There are often negative views about A&E waiting times,” she added. “It appears that as a country we are less grateful that we have an ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 17, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference health care health staff NHS Source Type: news

Steep rise in reported assaults against NHS staff, says UNISON
Last year in England physical assaults on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published today (Tuesday) by UNISON and HSJ. The figures were obtained following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request – submitted by HSJ working on behalf of UNISON – to all the 244 NHS trusts in England. Answers were received from 181 organisations. The biggest increase was in the acute sector, with reported attacks on health workers in hospitals with an A&E department up a staggering 21%, says UNISON. There were 18,720 assaults in 2016/17 in the acute trusts who responded, compared to 15,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 16, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release FOI mental health NHS Sara Gorton survey UNISON violence at work Source Type: news

Government is failing to protect health service staff from violence at work
Escalating violence and aggression towards NHS staff is having a ‘catastrophic’ effect on their physical and mental health, UNISON health delegates heard today. A motion on protecting NHS staff against violence and aggression noted that in England more than 70,000 NHS staff were assaulted in 2015/16, up 4% from the previous year. New figures to be revealed by UNISON and HSJ on Tuesday, for 2016/17, will give even more dramatic results. Similar levels of violence are reported in the devolved nations. These assaults can have a “catastrophic effect”, the motion states, not only due to the physical impa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference health staff NHS violence at work Source Type: news

'Live donors' urged to give organs to cut waiting times
An organ transplant is described as being "like having your appendix out" by a woman who donated to her father. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS hospitals where 1 in 3 A & E patients wait over 4 hours revealed
A&E waiting times are at their worst level since records began, official figures reveal. Across England, only 84.5 per cent of patients arriving in A&E were seen within the target four hours. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The hospitals where one in three A & E patients wait more than four hours are revealed
A&E waiting times are at their worst level since records began, official figures reveal. Across England, only 84.5 per cent of patients arriving in A&E were seen within the target four hours. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A & E waiting time figures show `eternal winter ´ for NHS
The new statistics, from NHS England, show March was the busiest month for A&E units since 2003/04. Experts say they are the clearest indication of the eternal winter the NHS faces'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 10 worst A&Es for waits revealed
A BBC analysis has identified the services with the worst waiting times as performance slumps to record low. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS heart bypass surgery waiting times double in Wales
Heart surgery patients in Wales see the average waiting time rise from 43 days to 79. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health chiefs investigate 30 doctors in the UK over 'unsafe' prescribing of drugs via the internet  
Health chiefs are investigating 30 doctors in the UK over prescribing drugs via the internet as increasing numbers of patients use online doctors due to waiting times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS mandate confirms flagship waiting targets on hold
The government’s instructions for the NHS in 2018-19 confirm that flagship waiting time targets for planned and emergency care remain on hold. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

' ATM Pharmacy' to Cut Queues for South Africa's AIDS Patients'ATM Pharmacy' to Cut Queues for South Africa's AIDS Patients
South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients
ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Are too many people with arthritis having to wait for surgery?
Every year tens of thousands of people with osteoarthritis find joint replacement surgery offers them a new lease of life, enabling them to be more independent. But as the growing pressures on NHS resources hit the headlines again this winter, and stories of surgery rationing become increasingly common, are more and more people with arthritis having to wait too long for the treatment they need?Growing numbers of people are getting in touch to tell us about their operations being delayed or restricted. Sometimes this is due to lifestyle factors, such as their weight or whether they smoke, but it can also be because of winte...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Are too many people with arthritis having to wait for surgery?
Every year tens of thousands of people with osteoarthritis find joint replacement surgery offers them a new lease of life, enabling them to be more independent. But as the growing pressures on NHS resources hit the headlines again this winter, and stories of surgery rationing become increasingly common, are more and more people with arthritis having to wait too long for the treatment they need?Growing numbers of people are getting in touch to tell us about their operations being delayed or restricted. Sometimes this is due to lifestyle factors, such as their weight or whether they smoke, but it can also be because of winte...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 15, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Hampshire practices join forces to launch urgent care system
Two Hampshire practices have launched an urgent care system to improve access to same-day appointments for their patients. GPs at the practices in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire are confident that this system will help them to offer more routine doctor appointments and reduce patients waiting times. Ina letter to patients, Lee-on-the-Solent Health Centre said they will be working with Manor Way Surgery to deliver a new urgent care system.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 13, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Was this winter really the worst yet for the NHS?
The arrival of winter has become synonymous with missed waiting time targets, cancelled operations and efforts to redirect people away from accident and emergency departments.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Waiting times targets failing the sickest patients
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - March 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: badams Source Type: news

Staff shortages driving rise in public dissatisfaction with NHS
Staff shortages, along with long waiting times, lack of funding and government reforms, have pushed dissatisfaction levels with the health service to a 10-year high, according to latest survey findings. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 28, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tanzania:Speech Recognition to Cut Waiting Time At Muhimbili
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Patients at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) who had to endure long waits for results of their imaging tests, such as X-ray and CT-scans, have a reason to smile following installation of high technology facility, which will shorten waiting time. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trust delays waiting time reporting again
Persistent problems with a new electronic patient record system will stop an integrated acute and community trust from reporting its elective waiting times for nearly a year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients are facing eight month wait for hip operations  
Waiting times have soared by 40 per cent in four years as the NHS struggles with growing demand. Many needing the operations are in such severe pain they cannot walk short distances. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Patients Lament Long Waiting Time At Hospitals As Govt Seeks Solutions
[Premium Times] Mamunat Isah had been at the Kubwa General Hospital's waiting room since 8.00 a.m. trying to see the doctor. It was 1.00 p.m. and she was yet to see the doctor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

IT upgrade disrupted waiting times and follow-ups, trust admits
A trust has had two months of disruption after an upgrade to its patient administration system which led to patients waiting longer, a rise in “did not attends” and temporary staff being employed to type letters. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Performance Watch: No more sticking plasters – have a transparent debate about A&E data
This week’s Performance Watch sets out some of the main issues which need addressing to bring some short term rigour back to the collection of A&E waiting time data amid justifiable concerns about its validity. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Transgender people face two-year wait for NHS appointment
Waiting times for initial consultations for transgender patients soars, despite an NHS pledge. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Webcam consultations leave GPs with LESS time
GPs in Britain have been encouraged to carry out more online consultations in an attempt to free them up to see the most seriously ill patients face-to-face and drive down waiting times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish A&E waiting times show improvement
Waiting times at Scotland's A&E show some improvement as fewer people attend emergency departments. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The good A&E facing unprecedented winter pressures
How a hospital with some of the best NHS waiting times ended up with patients waiting in corridors. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish NHS waiting times performance at new low
The latest weekly figures showed that 77.9% of patients were dealt with within the four-hour target time. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions
Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Response to the latest NHS waiting time figures
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - January 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: n.chinardet Source Type: news

NHS A & E waiting times hit worst on record, figures show
Officials have slammed the 'disappointing' statistics, released by NHS England, which come a week after an unprecedented move to cancel 55,000 operations. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A & E waiting times hit their worst on record, figures show
Officials have slammed the 'disappointing' statistics, released by NHS England, which come a week after an unprecedented move to cancel 55,000 operations. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Ministers told to move beyond targets amid NHS 'priorities' row
Obsession with waiting time targets is preventing a proper debate about public and patient priorities, ministers have been told as they work on setting NHS England’s mandate for 2018-19. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Long A&E waits triple in Northern Ireland
A total of 928 patients breached the waiting time target over Christmas, compared to 348 the year before. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cataract patients going blind due to the 6 MONTH wait
Out of 154 NHS authorities, 87 reported an increase in waiting times over the last three years, according to official figures released today. Campaigners blamed the ageing population. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should uninfected patients accept hepatitis C-infected livers to reduce waiting time?
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A modeling study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds that the availability of directly-acting antiviral drugs to treat hepatitis C virus infection could allow the transplantation of livers from HCV-positive donors into HCV-negative recipients without posing undue risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news