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- meet identified user needs; • are well explained and readily accessible;
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The latest monthly National Statistics on NHS Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting times produced by the Department of Health were released on 17th February 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. An annual report, showing the latest Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting times statistics and trends over time, has been released with the December figures.
NHS RTT waiting times include data for England, Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, and NHS Trusts.
The key points from the latest release are:
- Data are published on consultant-led Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting times for patients who were treated during December 2010. In total, 254,739 admitted patients and 742,747 non-admitted patients, for whom English commissioners are responsible, completed their RTT pathway during December 2010.
- The average (median) time waited for patients completing an RTT pathway in December 2010 was 7.9 weeks for admitted patients and 4.1 weeks for non-admitted patients.
- The 95th percentile time waited for patients completing an RTT pathway in December 2010 was 20.9 weeks for admitted patients and 15.3 weeks for non-admitted patients. (See Statistical Note number 5)
- At national level, 92.2% of admitted patients (measured on an adjusted basis) and 97.6% of non-admitted patients completed their RTT pathway within a maximum of 18 weeks.
- For patients still waiting for treatment (incomplete pathways) at the end of December 2010, the median waiting time was 6.9 weeks and the 95th percentile was 26.3 weeks.