The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:
Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 October 2009 and quarterly census, period ending 30 September 2009.
This data shows the NHS' progress in tackling the waiting times for diagnostic tests like scans. The monthly data published today gives the waiting times for 15 key diagnostic tests carried out in the NHS. Also published is the latest quarterly census of all diagnostic tests, which picks up longer waits in areas outside the 15 monthly tests.
This data will help the NHS in delivering the 18 week maximum wait from GP to treatment, including all diagnostic tests, by end 2008. More information, including a diagnostic data Q&A, is available via the 18 week website.
Main findings this month
· The number of patients, for whom English commissioners are responsible, waiting over 6 weeks for one of the 15 key diagnostics tests at the end of October 2009 was 2,500, a decrease of 800 (24.6%) from September 2009, and a fall of 3,600 (58.4%) from October 2008.
· The number of patients, for whom English commissioners are responsible, waiting over 13 weeks for one of the 15 key diagnostics tests at the end of September 2009 was 138, compared to 144 in September 2009, and a fall of 2,300 (94.4%) from October 2008.
· The quarterly census of all tests, carried out at the end of September 2009, indicates there are an additional 4,600 over 6 week waiters and 700 over 13 week waiters in tests not captured in the 15 included in the monthly return. This is a decrease of around 1,200 over 6 week waits, and around 200 in the number of over 13 week waits, since the June 2009 census.
18 week website: http://www.18weeks.nhs.uk
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