December National Provider Data Summary
At the end of December 2019, 83.7% of patients waiting to start treatment (incomplete pathways) were waiting up to 18 weeks, thus not meeting the 92% standard.
The number of RTT patients waiting to start treatment at the end of December 2019 was 4.4 million patients. Of those, 1,467 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks.
For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of December 2019, the median waiting time was 8.3 weeks. The 92nd percentile waiting time was 24.9 weeks.
During December 2019, 253,318 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 971,532 started non-admitted treatment (completed pathways).
There are currently 4 Trust’s that are not reporting RTT data:
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (RQ8)
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (RGN)
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RAL)
As the below heatmap and graph shows, there has been a substantial deterioration in RTT performance nationally when compared to December 2019.
Waiting List Size
As the below graph demonstrates, from November 2018 to November 2019 the total waiting list size increased from 4,151,589 to 4,416,584, an increase of 264,995 (6.38%).
Below is a table showing each reporting Trusts variance in waiting list size from March 2019 to December 2019, sorted by percentage variance (please click to view the whole table).
52 Week Waiters
The below heatmap shows how the number of 52-week waiters has changed nationally, with areas such as the East Midlands and South managing to reduce their number of 52-week waiters.
Below is a table showing each reporting Trust’s variance in 52-week waiters from March 2019 to December 2019, sorted by percentage variance (please click to view the whole table).
Changes to the Individual Specialties
In regard to the waiting list size of the individual specialties:
Dermatology, is the speciality with the largest decrease in the waiting list size, going from 235,198 to 226,153 a decrease of 9,045 pathways (3.84%).
General Surgery also saw a large decrease in the waiting list size going from 325,943 to 322,242 a decrease of 3,701 pathways (1.13%).
Other and Cardiology both saw a slightly higher increase of the waiting list size with Other from 919,829 to 922,681, an increase of 2,852 pathways (0.31%) and Cardiology going from 221,270 to 223,390, an increase of 2,120 pathways (0.95%).
Trauma & Orthopaedics unlike last saw a large increase in the waiting list size, going from 520,183 to 525,814 an increase of 5,631 pathways (1.08%).