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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

The NHS desperately needs a new vision for the 21st century | Lord Darzi
The people of the UK deserve the best health service in the world and with the clinical talent and scientific innovations at our disposal, we can achieve itNext year theNHS will be 70 years old. For seven decades it has been there for us at times of most basic human need, offering care and compassion. The NHS has been a vital friend to millions: it belongs to the people, and is cherished by the public. I want to see it not just survive but thrive: the NHS deserves a secure future that gives us confidence that it will celebrate its centenary in a little more than 30 years from now.All political parties declare their affecti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ara Darzi Tags: NHS Health Social care Society Politics UK news Public sector cuts Public services policy Public finance Science Research and development Economic policy Source Type: news

Free NHS app helps cut patient waiting times
NHSquicker has been launched by the Health and Care IMPACT Network, a collaboration between the NHS across Devon and Cornwall and academics from the University of Exeter. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wheelchair services data collection Q2 2017/18 dataset
NHS England has published wheelchair data for July to September 2017. The data shows waiting times are either static or falling. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Betsi Cadwaladr health board waiting times 'could halve'
The prediction comes amid concern about higher than average waiting times at the health board. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pledge to boost mental health support in schools
The government promises to improve waiting times and bring in new mental health support teams. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Waiting times for planned ops will rise without cuts to services
NHS England issues stark warning as repercussions of last week ’s budget hit home Related items fromOnMedica 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions Half of CCGs plan to cancel or delay NHS spending Chancellor ends nurse pay cap but ignores pressures on GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS leaders warn cash shortfall means missed waiting-time targets
Gauntlet thrown down to ministers on impact of continued austerity after Budget (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NHS England: Waiting targets will be missed without cuts to other services
NHS England has warned that elective waiting time standards “will not be fully funded and met” next year unless there are cuts to services such as mental health, cancer and primary care. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How will the Budget 2017 affect people with arthritis?
On 22nd November, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, announced the Government’s plans for taxation and spending. Our policy, public affairs and campaigns teams have been working hard to increase the Government’s investment into services that will benefit people with arthritis, as well as trying to protect budgets which are at risk of reduction.If you are affected by arthritis, here are the top four topics you need to know about.Science and research– industrial strategyTo meet our ambition of finding new treatments, and eventually a cure, for arthritis, it’s essential that money is invested in the life ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 27, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Single cancer waiting times target set for NHS Wales
Better and quicker cancer care for patients is the aim from a single treatment route and target. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for
Online GP consultation systems may not be the silver bullet for reducing GP workload and patient waiting times that government policymakers are hoping for, NIHR-funded research from the University of Bristol has found. These systems offer the potential to revolutionise use of primary care, but only with careful implementation and effective marketing, the researchers concluded. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Delving into the detail of Brexit in a devolved nation
The head of the Welsh NHS Confederation throws the spotlight on the implications of Brexit in Wales and why alarm bells have been sounded over its ability to maintain responsibility for health and care in a post-Brexit UK Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit Welsh budget ‘a missed opportunity for patient care’ Patient access to GPs in Wales has soared Rise in ‘at risk’ GP practices in Wales Wales sees 400% increase in surgical waiting times (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exclusive: Multiple CCGs consider minimum waiting times
An increasing number of clinical commissioning groups are considering the introduction of controversial minimum waiting times for “non urgent” NHS procedures, despite clinical and legal concerns, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commissioners U-turn on controversial 12 week minimum waits
One of the NHS’s largest clinical commissioning groups is set to ditch a controversial policy enforcing 12 week minimum waiting times for adults needing “non-urgent” treatment – just two months after setting out the plan. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors express concerns over new GP consultation app
RCGP says ‘GP at hand’ service could create twin-track general practice Related items fromOnMedica NHS pilots medical advice smartphone app Hunt promises to expand NHS digital services Week-long waiting times to see a GP could rise sharply Demand for seven-day GP services will grow with time GPs should offer more online services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS pressures: future trends
A BMA analysis of NHS admissions and waiting times data estimates that emergency department attendances could increase to 24m between October 2017 and September 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An elderly fall detection using a wrist-worn accelerometer and barometer - Jatesiktat P, Wei Tech Ang.
As the world population is growing toward an aging society, elderly fall becomes a serious problem. Automatic fall detection and alert systems could shorten their waiting time after a fall and mitigate its physical and mental negative consequences. This wo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Young people struggling to get 'timely support' for mental health
Problems with disconnected health services and long waiting times are negatively impacting children and young people's ability to access specialist mental health services, according to a CQC report. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

CQC says mental health services for children must improve
Report reveals long waiting times and patchy access to services across England Related items fromOnMedica Mental health first aid campaign announced to mark World Mental Health Day Why a career in mental health nursing is not 'just a job ’ Child mental health care needs revamping across the EU Antidepressant use in children rises 12% in a year Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Young people 'not receiving mental health care they need'
Children are facing long waiting times and unequal access to mental health services, a report says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's health 'is not improving', auditors warn
Audit Scotland's annual report on NHS Scotland lists concerns over missed targets, waiting times and funding. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Treatment Waiting Times Continue to Surge As KZN Cancer Services Fail
[Bhekisisa] Watch how waiting times for life-saving cancer treatment has grown as KwaZulu-Natal's cancer services crumble. As the crisis grows, patients wait longer and longer for treatment. This information comes from the SAHRC's report but Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in KwaZulu-Natal Imran Keeka says he doubts the veracity of the information. Keeka alleges the data does not reflect patient backlogs at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital fuelled by a breakdown of treatment machines at Addington Hos (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: When it comes to rewards, the brain prefers not to wait
Decision-making is partly controlled by reward pathways. Recent research examines how waiting time affects this dopamine-based system. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

NHS surgery waits run into years in Northern Ireland
Waiting times are increasing as the health services struggles to cope, figures obtained by the BBC reveal. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Tracker
The NHS is under unprecedented pressure, with rising numbers of patients needing hospital care. 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 - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations 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 - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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 - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A & E staff
But millions more flu jabs and hundreds more A&E doctors ‘fail to address root causes’ of NHS crisis, BMA warns Related items fromOnMedica Emergency care struggling to guarantee safest care for all high-risk patients GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts miss NHS England A&E performance milestone
Trusts have fallen short of NHS England’s first milestone towards hitting the national emergency performance waiting time target, official figures reveal today. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting time data collection from general practices
NHS England has commissioned the North of England Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) to collect data to improve understanding of waiting times in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Frailty linked to higher rate of perioperative morbidity
Consider frailty rather than age when selecting patients for ambulatory elective surgery Related items fromOnMedica Surgery waiting times could double by 2020 Frail elderly at greatest risk after trauma surgery GPs urged to collaborate more with geriatricians Give frail patients tailored cardiac rehabilitation, urge experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news