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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March 29 - The Government triggers Article 50, starting the clock on Britain's exit from the Europ eanUnion April 18 - Mrs May announces that she will call a parliamentary vote to hold a general election.
span style="color: black;"> Early yesterday morning, UK Prime Minister Theresa May signed the letter invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially starting the clock on the two-year period before EU treaties cease to apply to the UK.
com/az-cannabis-legalization-initiative-filed-21617/) Act , which would legalize adult use of marijuana in the state, starting the clock ticking on a 16-month effort to obtain 152,000 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
First, the team claims that the Replay Center based its judgment on a frame-by-frame video, which it said did not accurately reflect the human element of a timekeeper starting the clock.
STARTING THE CLOCK Roth, a member of the Social Democrats, junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, said only when Britain triggers "Article 50," which sets the clock ticking on a two-year deadline to leave the EU, could serious discussions begin.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that eleven states have failed to submit plans to reduce dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide air pollution, starting the clock for the EPA to step in and draft federal plans to protect these communities exposed to dangerously high levels of the pollutant.
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 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.