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Your 18 week waits: December 2012 data

18/02/2013
by Rob Findlay

Here is the local picture on 18 week waits, fully updated with the December 2012 RTT waiting times data just released by the Department of Health for England. For an overview of referral-to-treatment waiting times in England see the parallel post here.

If you want to pick a Trust, independent sector provider, or PCT, and get a full analysis of the pressures in any specialty, then all the detail is here.

Where are the very-long waiters?

The days of one-year-waiters are (I hope) numbered now, because from April providers will be penalised £5,000 per patient per month for every one-year-waiter they report on their waiting lists.

The following map compares one-year waits, 18-week waits, and total waits, with the values a year before. You can click the Trust name to get a full analysis.

Long-wait map

Other maps you might find useful:
All specialties together, by NHS/IS provider (same as map above)
Each specialty separately, by NHS/IS provider
All specialties together, by PCT (i.e. population basis)
Each specialty separately, by PCT

92 per cent of the waiting list within 18 weeks

The most meaningful (and, from April, the main contractual) waiting time measure is that 92 per cent of the waiting list (‘incomplete pathways’) must be within 18 weeks. So this map series shows how long 92 per cent of the waiting list has actually waited.

92 per cent map

Each specialty separately, by NHS/IS provider
Each specialty separately, by PCT (population basis)

The clock pause map has been retired. Incomplete pathways are now the principal measure, and clock pauses are not applied to incomplete pathway waiting times.

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