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Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 October 2017

Time FM Steve Allen.

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Worse waste of time than a Statham film

This week I was shocked to read that our operating theatres are wasting two hours.

I’m in no place to judge, I have often wasted two hours. I’ve seen many Jason Statham films.

But the NHS is wasting two hours a day. There aren’t that many Jason Statham films, thankfully.

A new study found NHS hospitals could carry out 280,000 more non-emergency operations a year by organising operating theatre schedules better.

I’ve not looked into the kind of efficient planning they mean but I presume it’s things like if someone is having an operation on his right side, why not book him in at the same time as someone who’s having an operation on his left side, they can lie on their sides on the operating table and the doctor can do a two-for-one.

It’s hard to get people being totally efficient at work.

Most of us show up, make a coffee, check emails and then head off to the loo and you stay there till you’ve upped your hourly rate to what you think you’re worth.

All of these issues shouldn’t mean we stop trying to improve the situation.

There are other ways to help. If the operating theatres are unused for two hours a day, let’s make the most of that and get them on Airbnb.

In two hours of spare hospital room time you could film four episodes of Casualty.

The NHS would earn money and the BBC would save a fortune in props.

The problem is – as you’ll know if you ever tried to get on a train or get served anywhere or do anything in Britain – people can’t organise.

There was an actual headline from earlier this year, “Day trip to brewery cancelled”.

So, we can’t even organise that.

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