NHS Performance Targets: Something Had to Give? (BBC News / NHS England)


NHS patients in England will experience longer waits for routine elective hospital operations, such as knee and hip replacements, as compliance with the 18-week performance target is “relaxed”, pragmatically, as a trade-off for achieving improved services in cancer care, mental health, general practice and A&E.

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Triggle, N. (2017). NHS operations: Waiting times to rise in ‘trade-off’, boss says. London: BBC Health News, March 31st 2017.

Further analysis:

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Pym, H. (2017). Better care but longer waits – the NHS prescription London: BBC Health News, March 31st 2017.

For more information, refer to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View: Next Steps On (NHS England).

June 2017 Statistical Update

Waiting times for routine treatment, in England, lasting longer than 18 weeks are estimated to be the worst / longest since September 2008.

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Hospital long waits highest since 2008. London: BBC Health News, June 9th 2017.

The Timing of Release of Official Statistics

Some questions have arisen about the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) official viewpoint on delays in releasing performance data:

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Pym, H. (2017). Did NHS stats become a political football? London: BBC Health News, July 10th 2017.

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