On June 5, British economist and journalist Tim Harford published an article on the National Health Service (NHS).

When is a wait not a wait? When a bureaucrat holds the stopwatch. That is my conclusion, based on my experience of trying to get a cancer scan on the National Health Service. The NHS commitment is that – with some narrow exemptions – no patient will wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment. I’ve been waiting for a year.

Harford is the author of several books including The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life. He also writes two weekly columns: “Dear Economist” for the Financial Times and “The Undercover Economist” for Slate Magazine.

Read the full article: “Why the NHS doesn’t know what it isn’t doing