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Tackling waiting lists with flexible capacity

The elective surgery waiting list has continued to grow and millions of people are now waiting for a procedure in England. It is clear more capacity is needed to tackle the backlog, but where will this additional capacity come from?

The elective surgery waiting list has continued to grow and millions of people are now waiting for a procedure in England. Capacity limitations during the pandemic – in terms of staff, equipment and physical space – in combination with lower activity levels, have meant that recovery has been slower than hoped. It is clear more capacity is needed to tackle the backlog, but with the need so substantial, where will this additional capacity come from?

While building new hospitals and operating theatres is an option and may be the answer in the longer term, new facilities take time to plan and build – in many cases years. The problem is that during that time the backlog will continue to build, causing further delays to recovery, which means even more resources will be needed to catch up.

Capacity can be released internally by improving effectiveness in existing operating theatres by fitting in more patients or working longer hours, but with staff sh

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
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National Conference Centre, Birmingham
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19th May 2022

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