Referral to Treatment Times

Statement on the monthly performance statistics for February 2016

Richard Barker, Interim National Director of Commissioning Operations and Information, said: “While it was pleasing to see improvements in Referral to Treatment Times and Diagnostic Waiting Times compared with last month, in A&E we really are now seeing the effects of the delayed flu spike which peaked in February and March this year compared with […]

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NHS England announces £55 million cash boost to end hospital referrals by second class post

NHS England has set aside £55 million to reward GPs and hospitals to switching to making referrals digitally by 2018, calling time on the practice of referring patients to hospital by second class post. At the moment around 50% of patients are referred for hospital appointments electronically.  It is intended this will increase rapidly to […]

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Survey on patient choice of outpatient appointment

NHS England and Monitor have published the results of an annual online survey about patients’ experience of their legal right around choice of outpatient appointment. This year’s survey, carried out by Populus, interviewed 6,989 adults in England of which 2,729 had been referred for an outpatient appointment by their GP within the last year. It […]

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NHS England publishes new monthly data

NHS England has today published its first set of monthly data covering key areas of urgent and emergency care, cancer treatment and patient waiting times. This follows a recommendation from Sir Bruce Keogh to NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens in a letter published in June entitled ‘making waiting times work for patients’. NHS England’s […]

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NHS England praises NHS for referring more cancer patients early and calls for action to address waiting time pressures

NHS England today (Friday) praised NHS staff for referring and treating an increasing number of patients for cancer as more people step forward for treatment early. Publishing the latest statistics on cancer waiting time standards, it said a welcome rise in referrals and treatment rates had put pressure on hospitals. It announced the creation of […]

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NHS England quote on waiting times story

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said: “The NHS has made huge progress over the past decade in slashing long waits, so the median wait for patients having an operation is now under 10 weeks. To lock-in that achievement – and go further in eliminating the longest waits – CCGs are now using earmarked extra […]

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NHS waiting times published today

Dr Barbara Hakin, Chief Operating Officer, NHS England, said: “The NHS does face a challenge on the 18-week standard but staff are working incredibly hard to ensure patients are seen quickly. “The figures published today show that in February we failed to meet the standard on the number of patients who were admitted for their […]

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