Pressures Upon the NHS: Ongoing Questions About the Relationship(s) Between Proxy Targets and Underlying Standards (BBC News / Nuffield Trust)

Summary

Patients increasingly wait longer for key services in many hospitals in England. A Nuffield Trust report investigates whether this is a significant problem.

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Triggle, N. (2015). Best hospitals ‘now struggling to see patients’. London: BBC Health News, March 13th 2015.

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Dorning, H. [and] Blunt, I. (2015). Access to hospital care: is the NHS on target? London: Nuffield Trust, March 12th 2015. Policy Briefing No.4.

The Nuffield Trust has earlier pointed-out that the four-hour A&E waiting time target sometimes (and in certain hands) acts to distort priorities, and should be downgraded in importance:

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Triggle, N. (2015). End ‘fixation’ with A&E waiting time target, say experts. London: BBC Health News, March 6th 2015.

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Blunt, I. Edwards, N. [and] Merry, L. (2015). What’s behind the A&E ‘crisis’? London: Nuffield Trust, March 5th 2015. Policy Briefing No.3.

“The most significant issue is the ability to discharge patients safely and quickly from the hospital as a whole”.

Fines for Missing Targets Impair Capacity for Patient Care?

Questions about financial penalties for missing targets impacting upon the innocent and having a negative effect on patient care:

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Abbott, M. (2015). Hospitals warn fines for missing targets ‘harming care’. London: BBC Health News / BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, June 8th 2015.

Data Round-Up From the BBC News NHS Winter Project

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Triggle, N. (2015). A&E in England misses target for whole of winter. London: BBC Health News, March 13th 2015.

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Triggle, N. (2015). How bad has winter been for the NHS? London: BBC Health News, March 13th 2015.

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