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Diagnostics waiting times and activity - September 2012
Data are published on waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostic tests for the month of September 2012. The key points are:
At the end of September 2012, there were 633,000 patients still waiting for one of 15 key diagnostic tests, and of these 5,089 were waiting 6 weeks or over from referral. The number waiting 6 weeks or longer shows a decrease of 1,500 from August 2012, and a decrease of 4,500 from September 2011.
The 5,089 waiting over 6 weeks or longer represents 0.8% of all patients waiting for a test. This compares to 1.1% at the end of August 2012 and 1.7% at the end of September 2011.
In total, 1,342,000 of the 15 key diagnostic tests were performed during September 2012, which is almost the same as the same period last year.
Tables 1 and 2 (attached) show latest figures on waiting times and activity by test. Table 3 and Graph 1 show trends in waiting times for diagnostic tests.
Detailed tables by provider and commissioner can be found on the Department of Health website.