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NHS Waiting Lists Can Be Eliminated, Claims John Petri, a Practicing NHS Surgeon

LONDON, October 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Whilst others talk of reducing NHS waiting lists, John Petri, a practicing orthopaedic surgeon from the James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth and a nominee for the 2005 Medical Futures Innovation Awards claims that they can be completely eliminated.

He cites himself as a practical example of how a focus on "surgeon utilisation" rather than "theatre utilisation" led to a three-fold increase in the number of operations he performed and a subsequent reduction in patient waiting lists from over a year, to just a few weeks. "Patients can be offered a date for their operation, at a time which is convenient for them," claims the enterprising surgeon.

"In France, the infrastructure is more efficient so waiting lists are not a problem. All I have done is to apply my French experience to the UK system and I have abolished my waiting list" claims the French trained surgeon.

His simple solution to the problem of long NHS waiting lists is to maximise the surgeon's operating time by working closely and efficiently with his anaesthetic colleagues. When implemented, 'The Petri System' can increase surgeons' utilisation by almost 90%.

"Previously I was spending most of my time kicking my heels rather than operating which is what I am paid for", said Petri. "We don't really need more staff or even have to throw more money at the problem: we just need to utilise existing assets better" he added.

John Simpson, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and a Judge for the Medical Futures Innovation Awards comments, "This innovation shows that a harmonious working relationship between the surgeon, anesthetist and the entire theatre team can lead to efficient and safe clinical care. This demonstrates that a motivated and empowered clinical team is able to improve service delivery from the ground up."

John Petri is one of 40 nominees in this year's Medical Futures Innovation Awards to be announced on the 3rd November 2005.

The Awards, which were set up in 2001 by a practicing NHS doctor, Dr Andy Goldberg, are designed to encourage and promote a culture of creativity, innovation and leadership amongst healthcare professionals and facilitate the successful commercialisation of these ideas.

This year's winners will be announced on Thursday 3rd November 2005, at Old Billingsgate, London

SOURCE Medical Futures Innovation Awards



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