Pressures in the NHS are so great that even the best hospitals in England are seeing patients wait longer for key services, an analysis shows. The Nuffield Trust report looked at performance in this Parliament against six targets, covering A&E, operations, cancer and diagnostic tests. It found most patients were still being seen within the target times at the 156 hospital trusts. But it said even the top sites were seeing their performance decline.
The six targets analysed were the:
- four-hour A&E wait to be treated, discharged or admitted, following arrival
- 18-week wait for routine operations, such as knee and hip replacements
- 18-week wait for appointments, such as a clinic with a consultant
- six-week wait for a diagnostic test, following GP referral
- two-week wait to be seen, following an urgent cancer referral
- 31-day wait for cancer treatment, after a diagnosis
The review said the poorest performing hospitals had been getting worse on most measures for a while.
... There are 2.9 million people currently waiting for routine hospital treatment
The target to give diagnostic tests to 99% of patients within six weeks of referral has not been met since the last quarter of 2013THE BRITISH - FAMOUSLY THE GREATEST BUREAUCRATS ON EARTH - INVENTED NATIONALIZED HEALTH, AND IT'S FAILING THERE.
THEY CAN'T EVEN MEET THEIR RIDICULOUS WAIT-TIME TARGETS.
IF IT CAN'T WORK THERE, THEN IT WON'T EVER WORK HERE.