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Letters The time to act is now

Waiting in healthcare: the time to act might be later

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 12 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n429
  1. Lisa Baraitser, professor of psychosocial theory1,
  2. Jocelyn Catty, senior research fellow, Waiting Times2,
  3. Laura Salisbury, professor of modern literature and medical humanities3,
  4. Kelechi Anucha, doctoral candidate3,
  5. Stephanie Davies, doctoral candidate1,
  6. Michael J Flexer, publicly engaged research fellow3,
  7. Martin D Moore, lecturer, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health3,
  8. Jordan Osserman, research fellow1
  1. 1Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, UK
  2. 2Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London NW3 5BA, UK
  3. 3University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  1. jcatty{at}

As an interdisciplinary research group exploring time and waiting in healthcare, we were interested to read the recent pseudo-systematic review by Ford and colleagues,1 which investigated studies claiming: “The time to act is now.”

This humorous piece has some interesting serious resonances with our own project, Waiting Times (Wellcome Trust 205400/A/16/Z), which explores what it means to wait within healthcare beyond perennial and understandable concerns with waiting lists. We examine …

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