Hospitals will share waiting lists under work plans for faster care | National Health Service

Hospitals would have to share waiting lists and pool resources under Labor plans to reduce waiting times by offering up to 40,000 extra NHS appointments a week.

The party has announced that patients will be offered appointments at nearby hospitals, rather than necessarily at the premises, which would allow people to receive faster treatment. Hospital staff and resources would be pooled across the region and perform night and weekend surgeries.

Labor has highlighted that staff at Guys and St Thomas’s, south London, use a high-intensity theater roster to carry out more procedures more efficiently, a system that involves increasing the number of anesthetic, surgical and theater workers to minimize response time. time between cases.

By using two operating rooms simultaneously, surgeons can operate while preparing and anesthetizing the next patient.

While on a normal work day they may perform three knee surgeries on patients, when they list results they reach 12.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said: “Fourteen years of Conservative neglect has seen waiting lists triple and, despite Rishi Sunak’s promise, they continue to rise.

“Only the Labor Party has a plan to reform our NHS, get hospitals working together with shared waiting lists and staff, so patients are treated on time again.”

Results listings focus on one type of procedure at a time and are held on weekends. However, Labor research has indicated that more than half of England’s hospitals close operating theaters at weekends.

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According to a freedom of information request made by the party last year, hospitals carried out an average of 795 procedures on weekdays, but only 176 on Saturdays or Sundays.

Streeting added: “We will learn from the great innovations already happening in the health service and bring the best of the NHS to the rest of the NHS.

“This is how Labor will reduce NHS waiting times with 40,000 more evening and weekend appointments each week, funded by clamping down on tax evaders and non-mainstream loopholes.”

The party has pledged to spend £1.1bn to pay extra staff to work out of hours to carry out the promised 40,000 weekly operations, scans or appointments.

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