The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting events produced by the Department of Health.
NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting events figures for the quarter ending 30th June 2011 include data for England, Strategic Health Authorities, and NHS Trusts and PCTs.
The key points from the latest release are:
The number of decisions to admit has decreased by 8,000 (-0.6%) to 1.4 million, the number of elective admissions from the list has increased by 11,000 (0.9%) to 1.2 million compared to Q1 2010/11.
**Outpatient Referrals and attendances
In Quarter 1 of 2011/12:
The number of GP referrals made has decreased by 122,000 (-4.1%) to 2.9million and the number of other referrals made has increased by 35,000 (2.0%) to 1.7 million compared to Q1 2010/11.
First attendances at consultant outpatient clinics have decreased by 40,000 (-1.0%) to 4.1 million and total attendances increased by 31,000 (0.2%) to 12.9 million compared to Q1 2010/11.
Did not attend (DNA) rates have decreased this quarter compared to the equivalent quarter of 2010/11. This quarter, the percentage of patients who did not attend for their first outpatient attendance is 8.4% which shows a 0.1% decrease compared to the equivalent quarter of 2010/11.
Due to an improved data collection mechanism requiring providers to split their data by commissioner, the coverage of commissioner based data has improved.
Therefore, the growth rates quoted are higher than those calculated using provider based data. These data are available using the link below.