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Managing the symptoms

It’s no surprise that medicine squeezes out surgical beds in winter, so why does it still catch us out? Ditto for the holidays. It’s very frustrating for surgeons, and puts urgent patients at risk. How hard can it be to plan ahead properly?

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RCEM: Bed occupancy – time for a new message

  • November 20th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) kindly invited me to speak at their Policy Forum. My case was not so much that 85% is the wrong answer, but that bed occupancy is the wrong question.

Letting doctors decide on waiting times

  • September 5th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Should we stop having targets for elective waiting times? And what do vicars have to do with it?

Protecting urgent patients

  • September 1st, 2014

  • by Rob Findlay

Protecting urgent patients is easy if you are willing to waste some capacity. But with a little extra care, you can protect urgents and be efficient at the same time.