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Waiting times in England, Wales & Scotland: Social Indicators page

Published Monday, November 27, 2017

Waiting times for hospital treatment, accident and emergency, and diagnostic tests: Social Indicators page. SN/SG/2639.

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In August 2017, 89.4% of patients needing hospital admission for treatment were waiting up to 18 weeks of their GP refferal. The NHS operational standard is that 92% of patients should be waiting with 18 weeks.

GP Refferals

The best performing speciality was geriatric medicine - 96.8% of patients were waiting within 18 weeks. The worst performing speciality was neurosurgery with 82.8% waiting within 18 weeks.

In the best performing CCG in August 2017, NHS City and Hackney, 95.9% of patients were waiting within 18 weeks compared with 75.5% in the worst performing CCG, North East Lincolnshire.

In August 2017, 2.2% of patients in England waited over 6 weeks for diagnostic tests. This compares with 17.1% in Scotland (figures for June 2017) and 22.1% in Wales.

Diagnostic Tests

In August 2017, 14.6% of patients attending A&E departments in England waited over 4 hours. Across all types of A&E the figure was 9.7%.

AE Waiting Times

Sources: NHS England, Referral to treatment waiting times; NHS England, ISDS Scotland, StatsWales, Diagnostic waiting times; NHS England, A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions.

Commons Briefing papers SN02639

Authors: Rachael Harker; Carl Baker

Topic: Health services

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