The latest monthly National Statistics on NHS Consultant-led Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting times were released on 16th January 2014 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
The key points from the latest release are:
- During November 2013, 91.0% of admitted patients and 96.5% of non-admitted patients started treatment within 18 weeks. For patients waiting to start treatment (incomplete pathways) at the end of November 2013, 94.0% were waiting within 18 weeks.
- 322,193 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 879,708 started non-admitted treatment during November 2013. The number of RTT patients waiting to start treatment at the end of November 2013 was just under 2.88 million patients.
- The average (median) time waited for patients completing an RTT pathway in November 2013 was 8.7 weeks for admitted patients and 5.1 weeks for non-admitted patients. For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of November 2013 the median waiting time was 5.7 weeks.
- For patients waiting to start treatment (incomplete pathways) at the end of November 2013, 218 were waiting more than 52 weeks.
The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust did not submit any (admitted, non-admitted and incomplete) RTT pathway data for November 2013.
Detailed tables of waiting times by treatment function (specialty), commissioner and provider can be found here.
Revisions to RTT data for April, May, June, July, August and September 2013 were also published. The revisions have not had a significant impact at national level. The full set of revised data can be found here.
We welcome feedback on the content and presentation of RTT statistics within the Statistical Press Notice and those published on the NHS England website. If anyone has any comments on this, or any other issues regarding RTT data and statistics, then please email RTTdata@dh.gsi.gov.uk
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