Press release

Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 January 2012, and quarterly census for quarter ending 31 December 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:

Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 January 2012, and quarterly census for quarter ending 31 December 2011

The 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 January 2012 was 9,000, an increase of 1,000 from December 2011, but a decrease of 2,400 from January 2011.

• Of the patients waiting at the end of January 2012, 98.5% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 98.6% in December 2011, and 97.8% in January 2011.

• The quarterly census of all tests, carried out at the end of December 2011, indicates there are an additional 6,700 waiters of 6 weeks or more in tests not captured in the 15 included in the monthly return.  This is a decrease of 2,000 6 week waits since the September 2011 census

• Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust did not submit data for either publication.

The diagnostic data is available via the Department of Health website.