Waiting times. Catch up, keep up.

J Appleby, S Boyle, N Devlin, M Harley, A Harrison, L Locock

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Trusts vary greatly on their progress in achieving waiting-list targets, particularly for 2005. A study of trusts with a range of performances identified four key criteria: information use, managerial focus, capacity and long-term efficiency. Actions that help a trust 'catch up' rarely help them 'keep up; strategies may need to change once waiting lists have fallen markedly. Flexibility, forward planning and 'expecting the unexpected' are characteristics of successful trusts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Service Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003

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    Appleby, J., Boyle, S., Devlin, N., Harley, M., Harrison, A., & Locock, L. (2003). Waiting times. Catch up, keep up. Health Service Journal, 113, 24-27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12698725