Press release

Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 30 September 2011

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Monthly data published today gives the waiting times for 15 key diagnostic tests carried out in the NHS

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

The monthly data published today gives the waiting times for 15 key diagnostic tests carried out in the NHS.

More information, including a diagnostic data Q&A, is available on the DH website.

Main findings this month:

  • The number of patients, for whom English commissioners are responsible, waiting over 6 weeks for any one of the 15 key diagnostics tests at the end of September 2011 was 9,600, a decrease of 1,800 from August 2011, and an increase of 4,000 from September 2010.

  • Of the patients waiting at the end of September 2011, 98.3% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 98.0% in August 2011, and 99.0% in September 2010.

Diagnostic data