Press release

Statistical press notice: Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 30 June 2011 and Imaging and Radiodiagnostic activity, financial year 2010/11

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

Monthly statistics for 15 key diagnostic tests carried out by the NHS were released today by the Department of Health.

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 June 2011 was 12,500, a decrease of 3,400 from May 2011, but an increase of 9,000 from June 2010.
  • Of the patients waiting at the end of June 2011, 97.9% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 97.3% in May 2011, and 99.3% in June 2010.

Link to the diagnostic data on hospital waiting times and list statistics.

Imaging and Radiodiagnostic activity, financial year 2010/11

This data shows the number of Imaging and Radiodiagnostic examinations or tests carried out in the financial year 2010/11 in NHS providers in England, split by imaging modality.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The total number of imaging examinations or tests, covering the period April 1 2010 to 31 March 2011 was 38,806,000 compared to 37,742,000 in the period April 1 2009 to 31 March 2010. This is an increase of 2.8%.
  •  Of these imaging examinations or tests, 22.2 million were X-Rays (radiographs), 4.0 million were Computed Tomography (CT), 2.1 million were Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 8.6 million were Ultrasound, 0.6 million for Radio isotopes and 1.3 million for Fluoroscopy.

Full tables on hospital activity are available on the DH website.