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Waiting list over 4 million for a second month
Waiting times remained stubbornly close to 20 weeks at the end of July, the 17th consecutive breach of the 18 week target (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Access and waiting times in children and young people's mental health services
This report includes the results of a freedom of information request to providers of specialist child and adolescent mental health services to explore access and waiting times for young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Moves to Decrease Waiting Time for Patients
[Premium Times] The Federal Government has been urged to provide adequate medical staff, infrastructure and staff training as part of the strategy to reduce the waiting time a patient spends in the hospital before seeing a doctor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Managing risk in health and care this winter: update
This report assesses NHS planning for the upcoming winter season and finds whilst the level of planning and support is more developed than last year, the system still requires emergency funding to ensure patient safety. NHS Providers warns that a failure to make an emergency investment of £ 200- £ 350 million will lead to longer patient waiting times and increased patient safety risks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce shortage delays mental health safety checks
The Care Quality Commission has increased pay for doctors carrying out essential safeguarding visits for mental health patients after a workforce shortage resulted in waiting time targets being missed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales sees 400% increase in surgical waiting times
Waiting times stressful for staff and patients Related items fromOnMedica 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows More than 4 million patients now waiting for treatment Shortage of critical beds and surgeons cause cancelled ops NHS pressures could cause staff ‘burnout’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Open gym' format shortens waiting time for cardiac rehab
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Changing from scheduled appointments to an 'open gym' format can reduce waiting times for cardiac rehabilitation, reports a study in the September/October issue of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New chief of struggling trust 'not shying away' from challenges
Portsmouth Hospitals Trust will start using a new acute medical model next month in a bid to improve emergency waiting times at the beleaguered provider. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Elective care: model access policy.
This document provides guidance and support for the production of elective access policies. The policy aims to ensure all patients requiring access to outpatient appointments, diagnostics and elective inpatient or day-case treatment are managed in line with national waiting time standards and the NHS Constitution. The policy should not be copied and pasted verbatim as there are elements in it which require reviewing and amending to reflect local arrangements (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wheelchair services data collection: Q1 2017/18 data
NHS England has published wheelchair data for April to June 2017, which shows that waiting times continue to reduce slightly. As part of efforts to improve data quality CCGs are reminded of the data quality notes for identifying opportunities to improve submissions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Patient Journey: A Tool for Market Access?
What is a patient journey, and why does it matter so much for market access? Should the healthcare profession be focusing more on the patient journey, and what benefit would that have for future sufferers?These are critical questions, especially given that the patient journey is an invaluable tool in: Developing action plans to address issues faced by patients during treatment Rolling out patient support programs Communicating the potential benefits of a given product to increase its value among customers or stakeholders.The ‘patient journey’ is the complete story of a patient's experience in the healthca...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Behsad Zomorodi Source Type: news

The Patient Journey: A Tool for Market Access?
What is a patient journey, and why does it matter so much for market access? Should the healthcare profession be focusing more on the patient journey, and what benefit would that have for future sufferers?These are critical questions, especially given that the patient journey is an invaluable tool in: Developing action plans to address issues faced by patients during treatment Rolling out patient support programs Communicating the potential benefits of a given product to increase its value among customers or stakeholders.The ‘patient journey’ is the complete story of a patient's experience in the healthca...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Behsad Zomorodi Source Type: news

Navigating South Korea ’s Healthcare Paradox
In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest among our pharmaceutical clients in conducting research in South Korea. Some emerging market analysts have suggested a ‘K’ should be added to BRIC, reflecting the country’s burgeoning economic status and its increasingly inclusion in global studies, not just regional Asia Pacific or emerging market studies. Indeed, there is ongoing debate about whether South Korea can still be considered ‘emerging’ as it i s a growing player in the pharmaceutical industry in its own right.   As well as looking at South Korea ’s health...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Developing trusted assessment schemes: essential elements
This guide describes how hospitals, primary and community care and local councils could implement trusted assessment to effectively and safely reduce the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trusted assessor scheme can reduce delays to transfers of care
Trusted assessors can reduce the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital, according to NHS Improvement. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates
New quicker approach to treatment cuts waiting times for surgery, and reduces cost to the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Secret’ plans for major NHS cuts called out by the BMA
In an announcement released today, the BMA warns plans for severe funding cuts could have ‘serious consequences’ for hospitals and GP surgeries, including longer waiting times and even closuresHide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - July 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Carolyn Wickware Tags: Finance Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Richards: NHS must protect waiting times and access to treatment
The NHS must protect waiting times for planned treatment and maintain access to evidence-based care despite ongoing austerity, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals has insisted. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'No evidence of fraud' at foundation trust
NHS Protect has found no evidence of fraud at Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust, after it was accused of deliberately manipulating waiting times figures (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health providers should adopt ‘quality improvement’
20 July 2017Mental health providers should adopt quality improvement to improve patient care, anew report from The King's Fund finds.  Quality improvement, the continual change of services through testing, measuring, reviewing and refining, is becoming increasingly common in NHS organisations. But the report finds that while mental health providers are increasingly adopting this approach in individual teams or services, more need to do this across their organisations.The report finds that quality improvement can affect both quality and efficiency of care. This includes reducing lengths of stay, waiting times, bed...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mackey: NHS needs to 'turn on PbR' to bring down waiting list
Jim Mackey believes the NHS will need to use the payment by results tariff to tackle rising waiting times for elective care. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS needs 5,000 more beds, warn leading A & E doctors
The NHS needs at least 5,000 more beds to achieve safe bed occupancy levels and hit the four hour waiting time target, according to a report by senior medics shared exclusively with HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Double resignation at waiting time controversy trust
The chief executive and chair of a hospital trust accused of removing potential patients from waiting lists have stepped down. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS ‘needs £100m’ social care boost to hit A & E target
NHS bosses must persuade councils to spend £100m of new social care cash this year on reducing delayed discharges or acute trusts will fail to meet the emergency waiting time target, a national leader has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors and general public agree NHS is in trouble, warns BMA
Half of GPs have vacancies in their practices, survey shows Related items fromOnMedica CCGs warn of shrinking value of their funding Patient Association warns of ‘major NHS crisis,’ post election Consultant and nurse vacancies rise in Scotland Sharp rise in year-long waits for elective surgery NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Gauteng Health Strengthens Partnership With Private Sector in Key Areas
[Govt of SA] The Gauteng Department of Health Executive Management Committee held a meeting yesterday to discuss measures on how to strengthen partnerships with private sector and also the industrial action by Forensic Pathology officers (FPOs). In this meeting it was decided that the Department will reduce backlogs in surgical operations through a partnership with private sector and decrease waiting times for operations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt pledges £100 million for struggling A & E units
The Health Secretary said it was his 'immediate priority' to drive down the appalling waiting times and treat the vast majority of patients within four hours at a conference in Manchester. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients for April 2017 and 2016/17 Annual Report
This report presents the validated results of the monitoring of waiting times for cancer services in England and the information on the number of people who attended outpatient appointments within two weeks of an urgent referral by their GP for suspected cancer or breast symptoms and, for patients with cancer, on the numbers who started treatment within 31 and 62 days are included for each organisation. The numbers who started some types of subsequent treatments within 31 days are also given for each organisation. Numbers of patients who were not seen or treated within the specified times are also included. (Source: Curren...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CCGs warn of longer waiting times
NHS commissioners have warned that patient waiting times may need to lengthen as they seek to contain costs. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sharp rise in year-long waits for elective surgery
GP ’s referral to treatment by consultant times still growing Related items fromOnMedica Surgery waiting times could double by 2020 A&E performance figures the worst ever Patients face longer waits for elective operations 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 Six-month-plus surgery waits triple in four years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Special measures trust may face police probe
Allegations that a Midlands trust may have harmed patients by deliberately manipulating waiting time data could be investigated by police, it has emerged today. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: New national savings drive will 'challenge the values' of NHS leaders
Closing wards and services, blocking choice of private providers, systematically extending waiting times, and stopping some treatments are all being considered under a national programme targeted at the health economies with the highest overspends. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients to face three-week wait before they can see GP
Experts last night warned that waiting times at doctors' will continue to 'rocket' to three weeks in the next five years unless general practice receives a major overhaul (file photo). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Police looking at claims of data 'fiddling' at hospital
A BBC investigation into patient waiting times at Kettering General led to allegations of misconduct. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public fears over NHS rise to highest levels for 15 years
61% of public consider NHS as one of the biggest issues facing UK Related items fromOnMedica Pledges on public health not matched by funding NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows No major party pledges enough to plug NHS funding gap Public concern over NHS at highest level since 2003 BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Six-month-plus surgery waits triple in four years
Surgeons ’ body to regularly monitor six- and nine-month NHS waits Related items fromOnMedica Patients face longer waits for elective operations Patients face severe pain before hip surgery Surgery waiting times could double by 2020 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Half of CCGs plan to cancel or delay NHS spending
GP patient contacts rose by 7.5% over past two years Related items fromOnMedica Pressure increases on CCGs to meet GP access targets Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target Commissioners ‘failing’ to consider wider societal issues 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Pressures
This briefing warns that the NHS in England is unlikely to recover from the pressure it faces during the winter, with trends suggesting that the health system is entering a state of year-round crisis. The analysis of NHS performance data shows that bed occupancy, delayed transfers of care and A&E waiting times are all increasing and that key performance targets are consistently not being met across the health system. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kettering General Hospital 'fiddled' waiting time records
A whistleblower says patients were removed because targets were missed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Election briefing: Quality of care in the English NHS
This briefing provides a high level view of how the quality of some NHS services has changed over the past few years in England. The four aspects of quality covered are waiting times for hospital treatment; care for patients with diabetes; psychological therapy for common health conditions; and speed and use of the most effective best-practice treatments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No major party pledges enough to plug NHS funding gap
Nuffield Trust analysis shows all three manifesto promises on NHS cash fall short of need Related items fromOnMedica Patients face longer waits for elective operations Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Pledges on public health not matched by funding NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows STP proposals to cut beds not credible without community investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The King ’s Fund responds to the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto
17 May 2017Commenting on the publication of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:‘We welcome the recognition that sustaining health and social care services needs extra investment funded by tax increases. The£6 billion pledged by the Lib Dems would be a down-payment on the longer-term funding increases needed to bring the proportion of GDP we spend on health and social care into line with countries such as France and Germany.‘It is right that services outside hospital should be the priority for extra funding. The NHS needs to move to a new way of delive...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quality of care in the NHS in the balance.
The Health Foundation has published Quality of care in the NHS – in the balance. This briefing provides a high level view of how the quality of some NHS services has changed over the past few years in England. The four aspects of quality covered are waiting times for hospital treatment; care for patients with diabetes; psychological therapy for common healt h conditions; and speed and use of the most effective best-practice treatments (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual"
GPs and practice staff worked over the weekend to repair infected systems Related items fromOnMedica Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS trust faces prosecution over teenager's death Labour will scrap NHS hospital parking charges Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Labour pledges extra £37bn for NHS in England
Cash would be spent on IT upgrades and building repairs Related items fromOnMedica NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS England extends GP indemnity scheme NHS England announces funding for vanguards Sort out GP trainee payments now, GP leaders urge NHS England NHS England loses appeal over PreP drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study: ER docs using smartphones to receive test results can discharge chest pain patients faster
Smartphones can make a lot of things faster, like getting a cab, ordering food or finding a date. But they can also shave down waiting time in a situation where every minute can feel like an eternity: getting out of the hospital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news