Hospital to fail waiting time targets for a second year

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BOLTON NHS Foundation Trust will fail to meet the Government’s 18-week waiting time targets for the second year — so that a backlog of patients can be cleared.

Despite constant monitoring, recovery plans and weekly meetings, the Trust is going to fail to achieve the target for the fourth quarter of this financial year.

Although the Trust had been meeting the overall 18-week target, it has been failing in certain specialties, including orthopaedic surgery, where there is a large backlog of patients.

Now the Trust, Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and health watchdog Monitor have agreed that in order to clear the backlog and be in a better position to achieve the targets next year, the Trust will fail its overall target.

Last April, Monitor severely criticised the Trust’s board of directors and placed it in “significant breach” for failing to meet the 18-week referral to treatment time target and for also failing to meet four-hour A&E waiting times. Since then, there has been some improvement, the Trust is meeting A&E targets and is achieving the overall 90 per cent 18-week target, despite failing in some specialties.

Su Long, designate chief officer, announced the Trust would fail to meet the target.

She said a decision had been made to “clear the backlog” of patients who were already over the 18-week period, which will mean it fails the target but will be better placed to meet their goal next year.

Ms Long added: “We are going to fail to meet the target. We don’t want the Foundation Trust to keep these long long waiters on the list, we want them to treat them now.

“It means they will fail for a time period, but it will put us in a position where there are no people on that waiting list.”

She said there were now 35 additional operation slots each month and an additional lower limb and hip surgeon had been appointed and would start work at the Trust in March.

She also revealed 23 patients had recently been booked for treatment in April, which would take them over their 18-week referral to treatment time deadline, and said they were being contacted to move their appointments to earlier dates.

Jon Scott, interim chief operating officer at the Trust, said: “Although the situation may look like failure, the reality is we are treating patients faster than we would have if we hit the target.

“That may sound odd but we are treating more patients in these three months than we would have and the majority of these have already waited for some time. Since the measurement of the target is based on the position after patients have been treated, it is the large number of patients we will be treating that are already over 18 weeks which makes the position look poor.”

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10:14am Thu 7 Feb 13

oftbewildered2 says...

targets have to be realistic and achievable - and if they are not, for whatever reason, they have to be reviewed. The criteria have to be clear and not ambiguous or open to interpretation. One size does not fit all. The Trust should be able to set their own targets etc.
targets have to be realistic and achievable - and if they are not, for whatever reason, they have to be reviewed. The criteria have to be clear and not ambiguous or open to interpretation. One size does not fit all. The Trust should be able to set their own targets etc. oftbewildered2
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10:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

Harry-Joe says...

Not to worry i'm sure they will start to meet targets once they get rid of half their ground staff eh. (
Not to worry i'm sure they will start to meet targets once they get rid of half their ground staff eh. ( Harry-Joe
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12:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

gladrill says...

Lets stop this waiting time fiasco. The staff cannot go any faster than they are going. I have no complaints regarding Royal Bolton hospital they have treated me very well. So lets stop the negatives and think on the positives.
Lets stop this waiting time fiasco. The staff cannot go any faster than they are going. I have no complaints regarding Royal Bolton hospital they have treated me very well. So lets stop the negatives and think on the positives. gladrill
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1:59pm Thu 7 Feb 13

macauley says...

gladrill wrote:
Lets stop this waiting time fiasco. The staff cannot go any faster than they are going. I have no complaints regarding Royal Bolton hospital they have treated me very well. So lets stop the negatives and think on the positives.
there is still room for inprovement in some areas,so dont just sit back.
[quote][p][bold]gladrill[/bold] wrote: Lets stop this waiting time fiasco. The staff cannot go any faster than they are going. I have no complaints regarding Royal Bolton hospital they have treated me very well. So lets stop the negatives and think on the positives.[/p][/quote]there is still room for inprovement in some areas,so dont just sit back. macauley
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8:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Citizen Cane says...

The NHS is full of restrictive and bad practices, not to mention staff with atrocious attitudes to care. Amazingly, it seems very difficult to sack staff who are culpable for poor care standards.

Those who support the NHS tend to be those who don't pay for it. Those who pay for it, find that they have to pay again when they get ill. What then, is the point of point of the NHS?
The NHS is full of restrictive and bad practices, not to mention staff with atrocious attitudes to care. Amazingly, it seems very difficult to sack staff who are culpable for poor care standards. Those who support the NHS tend to be those who don't pay for it. Those who pay for it, find that they have to pay again when they get ill. What then, is the point of point of the NHS? Citizen Cane
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10:36pm Thu 7 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Just one more failing grade,F is a failing grade and you know what F stands for.
Just one more failing grade,F is a failing grade and you know what F stands for. boltonnut
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