Authors respond to criticisms of booked inpatient admissions and hospital capacity study

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7361.443/a (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:443
  1. Steve Gallivan, director.,
  2. Martin Utley, research fellow. (s.gallivan@ucl.ac.uk),
  3. Tom Treasure, consultant surgeon,
  4. Oswald Valencia, data manager.
  1. Clinical Operational Research Unit
  2. University College London, London WC1E 6BT
  3. Cardiothoracic Unit, Guy's Hospital, London
  4. Department of Cardiological Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—This letter is in response to two letters from the NHS Modernisation Agency criticising our work on booked admissions and capacity.1 The letter by Castille et al rests on the claim that we concluded that the greater the variability in cycle time the less efficient the system2: either more resources are required or longer queues will develop. This is a misrepresentation of our work since our paper is not concerned with the length of queues, …

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