New health secretary: Targets need to be 'clinically appropriate'
Health secretary Matt Hancock has told HSJ that flagship waiting time targets should be made more “clinically appropriate”. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

College launches safe staffing levels guidance
RCP guidance sets out safe levels for patient care Related items fromOnMedica CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services Hunt condemns ‘silent scandal of NHS’ Patients report better overall satisfaction with A&E (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP out-of-hours standards not being met
Welsh out-of-hours services under serious strain Related items fromOnMedica GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand Public wants NHS to prioritise 7-day GP access Decade of underfunded primary care must end, says GP leader Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Politicians must stop attacking GP profession, says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Majority of public willing to pay more tax for NHS
84% say yes to tax rise for significantly improved NHS Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years MPs call for review of long-term NHS funding MPs call for cross-party debate on long-term future of NHS Wider approach needed to boost public health Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

10-step plan needed to secure NHS, NHS Confederation says
Plan should specify outcomes for the next 10 years and NHS staff and patients should help draft it Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years A&E four-hour target only for ‘urgent’ patients Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Things to look forward to Excessive stress among juniors affects mental and physical health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

89% of doctors say staffing inadequate for quality care
BMA survey warns comprehensive care provision is at risk Related items fromOnMedica Junior doctor strikes had 'significant impact' on healthcare NHS ends financial year almost £1bn in deficit Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Decade of underfunded primary care must end, says GP leader Politicians must stop attacking GP profession, says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting list probe abandoned as officials not given 'right of reply'
A probe into why a £1bn turnover trust failed to recover its waiting times was halted after witnesses could not, or would not, co-operate with investigators, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Bed shortages causing dangerous surgery delays, report finds
Just one third of providers for a specialist surgery are meeting waiting times standards and one in 10 patients don’t receive timely emergency surgery, a new report shows. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Influences of waiting time on driver behaviors while implementing in-vehicle traffic light for priority-controlled unsignalized intersections - Yang B, Zheng R, Kaizuka T, Nakano K.
In-vehicle traffic lights that assist drivers in crossing intersections are in development; however, the availability of the in-vehicle traffic light will be limited if the waiting time of a vehicle is not considered in actual traffic conditions, especiall... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

NHS chiefs set out ambition to cut long inpatient stays by 25%
Aim is to free up 4000 beds before the next winter pressures kick in Related items fromOnMedica Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding Struggling NHS will be floored by flu outbreak or cold snap, warn NHS leaders GP access does not add to A&E pressures, study shows Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years 1 in 10 councils have cut social care spend by more than a quarter (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Think tanks pile pressure on government to stump up more cash for NHS
Minimum yearly increase of 4% needed, say King ’s Fund, Health Foundation, and Nuffield Trust Related items fromOnMedica Get real on the challenges facing the NHS, party political leaders told CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Put NHS at ‘front and centre’ of Brexit negotiations, BMA urges Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS 'risk zones' suggest link between finance and mortality
New research has linked waiting times and safety incidents to the financial performance of NHS trusts, and identified 32 “risk zones” where people are more likely to die of preventable causes. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Doctors Launch App to Reduce Patient-Waiting Time in Hospitals
[Premium Times] A group of medical doctors has launched a mobile app aimed at reducing patient-waiting time in Nigerian hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 27, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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

Check the key targets in your area
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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