NHS Healthcare: A Glossary Analysis

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Waiting lists play a key role in the perception and experience of NHS healthcare within the United Kingdom, and are also a central feature of funded healthcare systems in other countries (Bosch, 1998; Derrett et al., 1999). Waiting lists have remained problematic throughout the last 50 years despite numerous political attempts to address the issue (Frankel, 1993). They function partly as a rationing tool to manage the differences between supply and demand (Gravelle et al., 2003), and may indicate that rationing is indeed a required response to overall discrepancies between supply and demand in a public system which is free at the point of access (Frankel, 2000). More recently, the emphasis of policy has moved from waiting lists to waiting times as it is recognised that patients are more concerned about how promptly they are seen as opposed to their order ranking (Hamblin et al., 1999). Since the publication of the NHS Plan in 2000, the principle response to this issue within in physical healthcare provision has been the introduction of maximum waiting time targets against which performance …show more content…

In No Health Without Mental Health (2011) and Closing the Gap (2014), the government outlined its commitment to achieving parity of esteem for mental health, prolonged waiting times to accessing services and then treatment being an obvious gap in parity. As a result, in October 2014, the Department of Health and NHS England jointly published Improving access to mental health services by 2020, which outlined a set of mental health access and waiting time standards to be adopted nationwide. An ambition has been set out which includes ensuring that 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services being treated within 6 weeks of referral, and 95% being treated within 18 weeks of

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