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NHS operating theatres in England “wasting two hours a day”

A new study suggests that NHS hospitals could carry out 280,000 more non-emergency operations a year by organising operating theatre schedules in a better way.

Routine operations are considered non-emergency procedures, and each surgical team will have a daily operating theatre list of patients who are scheduled to go under the knife. An analysis of operating theatres across 100 NHS trusts in England by regulator NHS Improvement found more than two hours a day were wasted on the average procedure list.

Routine surgical procedures include surgical procedures on the ear, nose and throat, eye operations and orthopaedic medicine.

The study suggests that time was lost on avoidable issues such as late starts for operations that had already been planned far in advance.  It is said that says it is not a question of getting surgeons to work harder. Instead, planning lists more effectively and reducing late starts and early finishes would make a big difference.

Richard Kerr of the Royal College of Surgeons told the BBC: “I think the NHS can always be more efficient and I think people have worked very hard to try to make it more efficient, but I don’t think those savings are going to resolve the ever-increasing demand that is being put on the health service.”

NHS Improvement's Steve Russell says: "We hope this analysis will enable them to identify bottlenecks within their systems to ensure operations are scheduled more appropriately and more patients receive the care they need quickly."

These figures are shocking to say the least. At Swain & Co we have represented many individuals who have not undergone surgery in an appropriate time scale, resulting in protracted recoveries and worsening of symptoms. This is completely unacceptable.  Here at Swain & Co Solicitors we successfully handle cases for clients who have suffered at the hands of medical professionals. If you would like to bring a claim involving delays/failures to receive treatment, we would be more than happy to discuss the potential claim with you and provide you with advice.

Melanie Lidstone-Land and the Clinical Negligence team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who have experienced substandard treatment or a failure to provide treatment. If you, a family member or a friend have experienced problems regarding substandard medical treatment contact our team today on 023 92 483322. 

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