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NHS operating theatres in England 'wasting two hours a day

NHS operating theatres in England 'wasting two hours a day

NHS hospitals could carry out 280,000 more non-emergency operations a year by organising operating theatre schedules better, a new study suggests.The research, which looked at data from 2016, found more than two hours were wasted each day on the average operating list.

The study says avoidable factors like late starts led to the loss of time.

A total of 1.64 million routine surgical procedures were carried out in 2016, including eye, ear, nose and throat operations and orthopaedic procedures.

Waiting times for routine operations are going up and there is an ongoing debate over whether more money is needed for the NHS or whether it could be more efficient.

The report, by regulator NHS Improvement, 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 have made a big difference, it argues.

Source: BBC

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