starting the clock

starting the clock

A UK term of art used in the context of NHS targets for the timely diagnosis of cancer and the moment that the patient receives the first definitive intervention. The clock starts on the day of forward (“urgent”) referral from the patient’s GP for a diagnostic workup for possible invasive cancer.
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Mr Cameron is starting the clock on the final countdown to the referendum, which could be held as early as next year.
We're starting the clock on this used test in 2009, fully three years after the Note was rst launched in the UK because the model we're look-look ing at here is the updated car which was launched in mid 2009 and which incorporated a suite of changes not only to the styling but also to equipment provision and also to the e-ciency of the powerplants.
Wilko decided to push me to the limit by not starting the clock until the snake was fully in the helmet, virtually doubling the length of the trial.
The proposed new regulations are expected to be made publicly available tomorrow and official notice to be published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on Friday, September 26th, starting the clock on the 60-day comment period.
The researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a new component of the biological clock, a gene responsible for starting the clock from its restful state every morning.
A $14,294,000,000,000 cap on debt is firmly in place, starting the clock toward potential default and adding pressure to the growing Congressional fiscal negotiations.
Mis-reporting misdemeanours included starting the clock "later than the point defined by the Department of Health", clocks not being synchronised, and incorrect data management.
Most of the business owners said they had to submit invoices several times before the Defense Finance and Accounting Service acknowledged receiving them, starting the clock on the prompt payment process.
The new companies' code took effect from May 1 starting the clock on a set of dramatic changes that will open the door to a wave of takeovers.
Despite the political squabbling, President Jalal Talabani said he would issue a decree, calling the new parliament into session for the first time on Sunday, starting the clock on a 60-day period during which it would have to elect a new president and approve a prime minister and Cabinet.
Some services are apparently ensuring they hit these targets by not starting the clock until the vehicle is way down the road.
The union on Friday filed with the state Employee Relations Board its 10-day notice of intention to strike, starting the clock ticking toward a work stoppage that LTD officials say will shut down the system, except for contracted services such as RideSource, which provides transportation for disabled, elderly and other people with limited mobility.