MBI Analytics: RTT Performance

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It’s been a while since we have commented on the performance figures which are free to use and available each month on our website.

Today figures for RTT performance in June were released. They showed that the NHS again failed to meet its commitments to patients in treating them within 18 weeks. The picture is, as always even worse when we adjust the reported figures to include hospitals who do not report.

We were very disappointed to see an increase in the number of Trusts who don’t report their performance – as we have said before this skews the national picture and makes a mockery of the whole process. The complete list of those failing to report is:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust

We are also very disappointed by some of the media coverage around waiting times from quite frankly, people who should know better.

Firstly we saw news that St Helens CCG in Merseyside were considering stopping all not urgent referrals in order to save money. This has since had involvement from the local MP Conor McGinn and the CCG have backed down.

Secondly, today we have an article from Roy Lilley, who is normally a sensible voice, calling for us to back to a time when “the Doc’s decide who gets what and when”.

Do we need to remind Roy of the times when this happened and we had patients waiting years for treatment. This quite frankly is madness.

There is undoubtedly a cash crisis within the NHS which is multifactorial but basically boils down to not enough money going in. However, in what world is it that the answer to this should be to stop treating the majority of patients? Surely that’s the point of the NHS in the first place. If it cannot do that, then what is it there for?

There is a worrying trend across the media in these stories and the conspiracy theorist in us wonders if the government are preparing the public for bad news. This would be a catastrophe if allowed to happen and undo all of the work over the last 15 years in trying to reduce waiting times for patients.

Patients should be clear about this – it is our right in law to be treated within a maximum amount of time and we should demand that this right is protected.

Going back to the dark days of “doctor knows best” is not a solution to this and those suggesting it should think again.