Mental health access standards
The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Community services given first ever waiting time target
NHS England is preparing to introduce new rapid response targets for community services, starting in April next year, in a bid to reduce demand on hospital beds. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Covid-19 UK: Halving gap between vaccines may cause cases to rise, Government adviser warns
Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the JCVI, said ministers' proposal to drop the waiting time between jabs amid surging cases could lead to weaker immunity in younger people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in May 2021, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Germany: Health System Review
Health Syst Transit. 2020 Dec;22(6):1-272.ABSTRACTThis analysis of the German health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Germany's health care system is often regarded as one of the best health care systems in the world, offering its population universal health insurance coverage and a comprehensive benefits basket with comparably low cost-sharing requirements. It provides good access to care with free choice of provider and short waiting times, which is partly due to good infrastructure with a dense networ...
Source: Health systems in transition - July 7, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Miriam Bl ümel Anne Spranger Katharina Achstetter Anna Maresso Reinhard Busse Source Type: news

The violence of uncertainty: empirical evidence on how asylum waiting time undermines refugee health - Phillimore J, Cheung SY.
The idea of violent uncertainty was first introduced in the New England Journal of Medicine (Grace et al., 2018) making claims about the deleterious impacts of insecure immigration status on the health of migrants. Policies of uncertainty are said to direc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Multivariable optimisation for waiting-time minimisation at roundabout intersections in a cyber-physical framework - Pauca O, Maxim A, Caruntu CF.
The evolution of communication networks offers new possibilities for development in the automotive industry. Smart vehicles will benefit from the possibility of connecting with the infrastructure and from an extensive exchange of data between them. Further... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

IVF women face waiting two years for donor eggs: Covid donation services pause has worsened shortage
Women are facing waiting lists of up to two years to start a family with donated eggs. Egg donors were already in short supply and Covid exacerbated waiting times after services were paused. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Twinkle, twinkle, you blinking star | Brief letters
Arts funding | NHS waiting times | Swearwords | DNA | Snow in JuneHave I got this right? All taxpayers contribute to publicly funded arts, but those arts must only represent the views of the 43.6% of voters who elected this government (How Oliver Dowden became secretary of state for the culture wars, 11 June)? Another example of Boris Johnson ’s “fairness” agenda, clearly.Deirdre BurrellMortimer, Berkshire• Fixing NHS waiting times could cost £40bn according to leaked estimates from No 10 (Report, 10 June). How much does it cost to neglect them? There is the cost of people on benefits, not earn...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Astronomy Language Tax and spending Politics NHS Health Society UK news Science Space Source Type: news

Fixing NHS waiting times could cost £40BILLION, leaked No10 estimates show
Downing Street documents drawn up by the Cabinet Office show Boris Johnson will have to commit between £2billion and £10billion on the NHS each year for the next four years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in April 2021, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tackling NHS backlogs must begin with a proper pay rise
Commenting on new NHS England figures published today (Thursday) showing extensive waiting times for procedures, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Clearing these lengthy backlogs is no easy feat. Patients are facing years of discomfort waiting for the sort of complex diagnoses, treatment and surgery ​that can only be done by the NHS. “That’s why it’s so important to support and retain the existing workforce, many of whom are burnt out and ​completely demoralised. “A proper pay rise is a priority in stopping the exodus of staff, making them feel valued and recruiting more p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise pandemic Source Type: news

A new consultation, Assessment And Reflection Model (CARM) used in child and adolescence mental health services (CAMHS) - Mansell L, Hughes K, Heyes JW, Brownlee A, Charm C, Blake D, Collinge S, Smith J.
UK National Guidelines stress the importance of reducing waiting times for mental health assessments and interventions for children. They stress the importance of early help, multidisciplinary working, and collaboration with families regarding treatment pl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A new deal for surgery, RCS
This report highlights the challenges that exist on access to NHS surgical services in England due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and provides recommendations for recovery. These include asking the government to support adoption of the'surgical hub'model across England for appropriate specialties, to help reduce elective waiting times and ensure surgical patients can be treated safely. The report also asks the government to adopt longer-term aims of increasing the number of hospital beds and doctors to reach the OECD average. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some long Covid sufferers in England waiting months for treatment
MPs call on Matt Hancock to explain ‘postcode lottery’ despite assertion that clinic network is operationalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who remain chronically ill after Covid infections in England have had to wait months for appointments and treatment at specialist clinics set up to handle the surge in patients with long Covid.MPs called on Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to explain the lengthy waiting times and what they described as a “shameful postcode lottery” which left some patients facing delays of more than four months before being assessed at ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Matt Hancock NHS Long Covid England Politics Health Infectious diseases Society Science Source Type: news

Covid: Surgery waiting times could be cut with specialist hubs, say surgeons
Surgeons in England want specialist sites for non-urgent operations delayed because of the pandemic. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An integrative review of waiting time, queuing, and design as contributory factors to emergency department violence - Timmins F, Timmins B.
OBJECTIVE: Reports of violence in health care are continuously increasing. Globally there are attempts to manage this phenomenon. However, while risk factors have been identified, there is a tendency to over accentuate the extent of their contribution. Alc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

ERs Rise to the Covid-19 Challenge - Teamwork between Engineers and Healthcare Providers Cuts ER Waiting Time
In 2020, surges of covid-19 patients challenged the ability of hospitals to manage the operation of their emergency rooms (ERs). (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - May 25, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in March 2021, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Invest in NHS staff or waiting lists won ’t shorten, says UNISON  
Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing waiting times are the longest ever, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Behind these figures millions of people are waiting in agony and with huge uncertainty. With referrals at an all-time low, this is only the tip of the iceberg. “The backlog is overwhelming and will take years to clear, even with the £160m announced today. It’s a gigantic challenge facing NHS employees. But without sufficient staff, waiting lists won’t shorten. “Despite giving their all, health wor...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Covid-19 nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Urgent action needed to address chronic undersupply of NHS staff
The NHS urgently needs billions of pounds of extra investment to shore up staff numbers, and head off a haemorrhaging of doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers. The NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and Unison have penned a joint letter to the Prime Minister warning of the ‘very real risk’ that if NHS staff leave a vicious circle will be created where ‘staff vacancies are the greatest threat to the retention of NHS staff’. The six organisations, which together represent most of the NHS wo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Trusts team up for weekend surgery drive to cut paediatric waiting times
Three acute trusts have teamed up to carry out surgical procedures on hundreds of children over several weekends as part of plans to tackle waiting lists in the region. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting time
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in February 2021, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mapped: England's longest elective care waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in February 2021, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Multi-objective optimization of a single intersection - Jovanovic A, Teodorovi ć D.
Algorithms for optimizing traffic operations at a single intersection consider mostly one objective function (often vehicle delays). Such an approach can lead to long pedestrian waiting times as well as reducing safety conditions at the intersection. In th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Associations between hip fracture operation waiting time and complications in Asian geriatric patients: a Taiwan medical center study - Shen CY, Hsiao CH, Tsai W, Chang WH, Chen TH.
This study aimed to determine the appropriate operation time among Asian geriatric patients. The data of 1118 elderly patients with hip fracture at Mackay Memorial Hospita... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Three Ways the US Can Promote Equity in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic Globally
Continued inequity in COVID-19 vaccination means virus mutations occur and newer variants emerge that may be resistant to currently available vaccines. Credit: United Nations.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Apr 2 2021 (IPS) As richer western nations continue hoarding COVID-19 vaccines to the detriment of poorer nations, there is some light on the horizon. On April 15, 2021, the U.S. will join the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) and co-host the launch of the Investment Opportunity for COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The aim of the event is to raise more funds to ensure at least 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

UTEP helps optimize COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the U.S.
(University of Texas at El Paso) Members of the UTEP faculty, staff and students observed several of El Paso's drive-though and walk-in clinics in early 2021. The team identified areas that likely created bottlenecks, which produce delays and other issues. They used the information from their observations to develop simulation models to experiment with a clinic's performance to further identify potential slowdowns, calculate resource utilization and reduce patient waiting time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Violence toward emergency physicians: a prospective-descriptive study - Turgut K, Yavuz E, Y ıldız MK, Poyraz MK.
BACKGROUND: The highest rate of workplace violence occurs in the health sector, although most cases remain unreported. Emergency services face the majority of these incidents for many reasons, such as the patient profile, long waiting time, and overcrowdin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Ambulance delays led to 'secondary Covid victims'
Waiting times outside some hospitals increased over Christmas, with a knock-on effect for 999 call-outs (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting time
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in December 2020, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The impact of the existence of the volunteer on handling the waiting time at unsignalized intersection in Yogyakarta, Indonesia - Ramlan R, Irawan MZ, Munawar A.
This research focuses on the impact of the existence of the volunteer (VO) in managing traffic at unsignalized intersections. VO is a person who manages traffic at unsignalized intersection without the legality of operations but in exchange for financial c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Multi-state semi-markov modeling of recurrent events: estimating driver waiting time at semi-controlled crosswalks - Zhang Y, Fricker JD.
At "semi-controlled" crosswalks, signs and markings are present, but delay to pedestrians and motorists is largely the result of the "negotiation" between the two parties to determine who yields. This paper proposes a novel approach using multi-state semi-... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

NHS Tavistock child gender clinic rated 'inadequate'
Services and waiting times must improve at the NHS's child gender-identity service, inspectors say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: A&E, cancer and RTT waiting time
Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England in last two months of 2020, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. RTT and cancer data is for November and A&E data is for December. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ambulance waiting times in parts of England 'off the scale'
Data leaked to BBC News shows a rise in the number of hours before patients are offloaded. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid: Cancer scan backlog raises late detection fears
Waiting times grow across the UK for potentially life-saving MRI and CAT scans, figures show. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'The impact of Covid-19 on waiting times for NHS patients will be felt for years to come':
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - December 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: esheffield Source Type: news