stopping the clock

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stopping the clock

A UK term of art used in the context of NHS targets for timely diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions, especially invasive cancer. The clock starts on the day of the forward (“urgent”) referral from the patient’s GP for a diagnostic workup for a possible invasive cancer and stops on the day of the first definitive therapy which, according to the NHS cancer targets, should be no more than 62 days (two months).

The only mechanism for stopping the clock is related to the patient him- or herself, who may be on holiday or who may decide to forego treatment for various reasons, including diagnosis of an advanced cancer which is unlikely to respond to therapy.
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Whitaker and Balibu got round second time with the clock stopping at 33.
In light of the Cardiff Castle clock stopping, the Echo looked at a number of clocks in the city centre to see how many were running at the correct time.
With the clock stopping for penalty corners and after every goal, the match will anyway go close to 70 minutes.
Scail scores in war of attrition The 4m handicap chase, run over 21 fences on heavy ground, was slow-motion stuff, with the clock stopping at 9min 58.
With a clock stopping performance in the quarter-finals, Toomaline Jack set a new Wimbledon track record of 28.
The Ducks played a 20-minute half with the clock stopping as it would normally in games, and then 20 minutes of running time.
Perhaps the hardest part to accept was the shot clock stopping prematurely during Jorge Rodriguez's attempt, which gave the midfielder additional time to beat Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and keep Dallas' season alive.