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A quarter of waiting time records are wrong, finds English watchdog

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1084
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Hospitals are incorrectly recording the waiting times for treatment for over a quarter of all patients, the public spending watchdog has found.

A report from the National Audit Office into NHS waiting times for elective care in England has shown that many hospitals are not correctly recording how long patients have to wait before having planned treatment.

The National Audit Office found errors in recording the wait experienced by over a quarter of all patients. Its review of a sample of 650 orthopaedic cases at seven hospital trusts in England also found that in nearly 32% of cases waiting times were not supported by enough evidence to …

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