Working in NHS IT I see the pointless work that this target monitoring generates.  The amount of money wasted on computer systems to try to work out people's pathways (when the PAS provided by the government-determined regional supplier can't actually monitor the target) is crazy.  Our hospital has 4 people employed full-time as validators to make sure the RTT data submission is correct.  By correct I do not mean "reflects the truth", I mean "meets the targets".  They only check pathways that have breached 18 weeks, and some of the "corrections" done seem very suspicious (it's odd how they always end up having waited just under 18 weeks).

It was a nice idea, but in practice it just doesn't work.

Why is this idea important?

It would reduce masses of waste in the NHS, money spent both on non-clinical staff and IT systems.

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