Friday, 9 November 2018

Waiting times steady as admission rates recover

Waiting times steady as admission rates recover The English waiting list shrank slightly in September as elective admissions picked up after the summer holidays. Waiting times were broadly steady, and the number of one year waiters edged down.

All of that is encouraging. But it is also worth noting that the waiting list is still much longer than it was a year ago, and this is putting continued pressure on waiting times.

As winter approaches and bed pressures remain high, it is doubtful whether the ambition to hold the waiting list steady across the financial year can now be achieved.

Near the bottom of the table, Northampton General Hospital Trust are a new entrant, having risen five places, with waiting times up from 26.3 weeks to 26.8 weeks during September. Health Service Journal

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