Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Those NHS waiting lists don't just shrink themselves, you know! This is how Labour has cut waiting lists: by introducing a Waiting-To-Get-On-The-Waiting-List list.

Nice work...

1 comment:

chris said...

This is unfortunately not a new occurrence. Dad is a surgeon and has had to put up with this for ages. If the waiting list gets to long then the trust is 'fined' which means their budget is cut. If the waiting list is too short money is diverted to the hospitals with 'greater need', which means the budget is cut. So a second waiting list is used to buffer up patients to make sure that the waiting lists are at the perfect length to extract the maximum amount of cash.

A word of advice if you don't want to end up catching an antibiotic resistant bug. If you are going to get ill get ill towards the end of the financial year. All hospitals, in England at least, have this thing call the "waiting list initiative". This means that to keep the waiting list at the correct length and make sure that they overspend their budgets (if you don't the budget is cut) towards the end of the year the NHS pays for patients to be seen in private hospitals. The doctors are the same, the nurses are the same, it is still paid for by tax payers, but the hospital will be far cleaner.

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