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DoH releases waiting times statistics

11th December 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has released waiting times statistics.

Monthly data found 6,100 people were waiting over six weeks for one of the 15 key diagnostic tests at the end of October 2008 – a decrease of 500 or 7.6 per cent from the previous month and a drop of 108,200 or 94.6 per cent from the year before.

It was found the amount of patients waiting for the examinations for over 13 weeks was the same as September, however a drop of 43,200 – 94.6 per cent – since October 2007.

The DoH said the “data will help the NHS in delivering the 18- week maximum wait from GP to treatment, including all diagnostic tests” by the end of 2008.

Waits for audiology assessments were also found to make up the highest proportion of long waits.

Between September and October 2008, waits of at least six weeks increased by 400 (16.5 per cent) to 2,700.

Last week, a report published which examined the NHS’s performance in the second quarter of 2008 – June to September – found the service met its 18-week commitment nationally five months early in August.

The figures also found a 57 per cent reduction in MRSA infections on the 03/04 baseline.

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