NHS NEEDS EVIDENCE-BASED TARGETS
Commenting on the announcement on waiting time standards [NHS England to scrap key waiting time targets and end weekly reporting of A&E figures], NHS Confederation Chief Executive Rob Webster has released a statement.
He said: “Simplifying hospital waiting time measures so that providers are no longer penalised for doing the right thing for patients is a welcome step.
“Our members have told us that we need targets which are evidence based, reflect what matters to patients and don’t create unnecessary paperwork or perverse incentives.
“The more we can do to streamline the activity of monitoring delivery the more time our members will have to focus on shaping care around the needs of patients in the 21st century.
“We welcome both the expansion of the current pilot of new standards for ambulance service call handling, based on the pilot’s initial results and the ongoing commitment to waiting time standards for mental health services.”