Press release

Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 July 2011, and quarterly census for quarter ending 30 June 2011

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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

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 July 2011 was 10,700, a decrease of 1,800 from June 2011, but an increase of 7,000 from July 2010.
  • Of the patients waiting at the end of July 2011, 98.2% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 97.9% in June 2011, and 99.3% in July 2010.
  • The quarterly census of all tests, carried out at the end of June 2011, indicates there are an additional 5,200 over 6 week waiters in tests not captured in the 15 included in the monthly return.  This is an increase of 300 over 6 week waits since the March 2011 census.