Identifying the impact of government targets on waiting times in the NHS.

  title={Identifying the impact of government targets on waiting times in the NHS.},
  author={Sofia Dimakou and David Parkin and Nancy J Devlin and John L Appleby},
  journal={Health care management science},
  volume={12 1},
Waiting times for elective surgery are a key issue for the NHS. The principal policy response in the English NHS has been to introduce maximum waiting time targets against which performance is measured and rewarded. The aim of this paper is to identify the effect of government targets on the distribution of waiting times in the NHS. Specifically, we investigate the following questions: How does the probability of admission for any given patient vary during the time that they wait? How is the… CONTINUE READING
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