Increase in resources should lead to reduced waiting times

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7392.763 (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:763
  1. Stephen Martin, research fellow, department of economics and related studies (sdm1@york.ac.uk),
  2. Peter C Smith, professor of economics, Centre for Health Economics
  1. University of York, York YO10 5DD

    EDITOR—Although highly topical, the paper by Martin et al on NHS waiting lists illustrates the misleading policy signals that can emerge from an inadequate analytic method.1 The paper finds little and inconsistent support for associations of prolonged waiting times with markers of capacity, independent sector activity, or need in the surgical specialties examined. Hard pressed policy makers might therefore infer that …

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