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Almost 300,000 more NHS operations could be carried out every year if schedules were better organised and staff planned leave earlier, a review has found.
Booking time off six weeks in advance and agreeing lists of operations a month ahead could lead to 5,600 extra procedures being carried out a week.
Analysis - NHS - Improvement - Schedules - Backlog
The analysis by watchdog NHS Improvement found that making schedules more efficient would reduce the backlog of patients waiting for elective operations such as hip and knee replacements.
Data submitted by 92 trusts showed huge inefficiencies, with many operating theatres starting late or finishing early.
Experts - Delays - Procedures - Increase - Cent
Experts estimate that cutting these delays could result in a further 291,327 procedures being carried out – an increase of about 17 per cent.
This could include 41,000 more cataract and other eye operations, 57,000 more orthopaedic operations and 30,000 more ear, nose and throat operations.
Record - Operations - Year - Patients - Year
Despite a record five million non-urgent operations being carried out in the past year, almost 2,500 patients were left waiting longer than a year for treatment, according to the latest NHS figures. Waiting lists have surged from 2.6million in 2011 to 4.1million...
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