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 6 weeks or more for any one of the 15 key diagnostics tests at the end of December 2011 was 8,000, an increase of 1,500 from November 2011, but a decrease of 2,100 from December 2010.
Of the patients waiting at the end of December 2011, 98.6% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 98.9% in November 2011, and 98.0% in December 2010.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust did not submit data this month.