The BBC has launched a new improved version of the online NHS Tracker, in readiness for anticipated Winter-pressures. This service allows local variations in service performance to be viewed by postcode. Updates will be added to reflect monthly and quarterly data releases. The NHS Tracker supplies information on the local status of three hospital waiting time targets:
- Four-hour A&E waiting time target performance.
- 62-day cancer care waiting time target performance.
- Planned operations and treatment waiting time target performance.
Triggle, N. (2017). Hospital targets missed en masse as performance slumps. [Re-titled subsequently to: NHS waits for cancer care, A&E and ops worsen across UK]. London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2017.
Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area. London: BBC Health News, October 17th 2017.
Service performance quality has slumped, apparently. Further BBC News commentary:
Triggle, N. (2017). Does it matter if NHS targets are missed? London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2017.
Some observers doubt whether all hospital targets could ever be met:
Triggle, N. (2017). NHS Tracker: five things we’ve learned. London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2017.
A celebration of the BBC’s NHS Performance Tracker:
Triggle, N. (2019). The best and the rest – what we’ve learned from the NHS Tracker. London: BBC Health News, June 15th 2019.
Delays to Routine Surgery Due to Inflexible Pension Rules?
Routine surgery waiting times have risen by up to 50% in England due to a pension taxation rules anomaly for high earners:
NHS waiting lists surge due to pensions row. London: BBC Health News, July 8th 2019.
A quick solution:
Triggle, N. (2019). NHS pensions row: Ministers act amid waiting list rise. London: BBC Health News, August 7th 2019.
Record high numbers waiting for operations in England. London: BBC Health News, August 8th 2019.
Pym, H. (2017). The tale of two hospitals. London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2017.
An atypical case-study?:
Silver, K. (2017). ‘I spent my savings rather than wait for the NHS’. London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2017.
NHS Funding and Performance: Wales Versus England – Compared
A mixed picture, but funding has in Wales has increased in real terms every year since 2013:
Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales? London: BBC Reality Check Team / BBC Health News, January 12th 2018.
Scotland Versus England: A&E Performance Compared?
International A&E waiting times comparisons, taken at face-value, can be misleading:
Reality Check: Is Scottish A&E outperforming England? London: BBC Reality Check Team / BBC Health News, October 9th 2018.
October 2019 Update: Winter Pressures in the Summer?
Further BBC News coverage:
Cohen, D. [and] Brown, E. (2019). England sees ‘worst summer on record’ for A&E waits. London: BBC Health News, October 10th 2019.