The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:
Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 August 2011
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 August 2011 was 11,400, an increase of 700 from July 2011, and an increase of 5,500 from August 2010.
• Of the patients waiting at the end of August 2011, 98.0% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 98.2% in July 2011, and 98.9% in August 2010.
The diagnostic data can be found on the Department of Health website.