Letters Four hour target in emergency departments
Goodhart’s law: when waiting times became a target, they stopped being a good measureBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5425 (Published 27 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5425
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- S Michael Crawford, clinical lead for research
- Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Keighley BD20 6TD, UK
At the beginning of this century, Tony Blair, then prime minister, announced that health expenditure would be increased. This was met with expressions of concern from the Treasury. I have a clear recollection of Alan Milburn, then secretary of state for health, telling a television news reporter …
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