February National Provider Data Summary
At the end of February 2020, 83.2% 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 February 2020 was 4.4 million patients. Of those, 1,613 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks.
For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of February 2020, the median waiting time was 7.5 weeks. The 92nd percentile waiting time was 24.7 weeks.
During February 2020, 285,918 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 1,059,832 started non-admitted treatment (completed pathways).
The following 3 Trusts did not submit any RTT pathway 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 February 2019.
Waiting List Size
As the below graph demonstrates, from February 2019 to February 2020 the total waiting list size increased from 4,144,110 to 4,425,306, an increase of 281,196 (6.78%).
Below is a table showing each reporting Trusts variance in waiting list size from March 2019 to February 2020, 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 February 2020, sorted by percentage variance (please click to view the whole table).
Changes to the individual Specialties
Regarding the waiting list size of the individual specialties:
Neurology, is the speciality with the largest decrease in the waiting list size, going from 141,631 to 139,372 a decrease of 2,259 pathways (1.59%).
Trauma & Orthopaedics also saw a large decrease in the waiting list size going from 521,408 to 519,419 a decrease of 1,989 pathways (0.38%).
Oral Surgery and Thoracic Medicine both saw a slightly higher increase of the waiting list size with Oral Surgery going from 168,958 to 171,599, an increase of 2,641 pathways (1.56%) and Thoracic Medicine going from 113,517 to 115,341, an increase of 1,824 pathways (1.60%).
ENT as a single-speciality saw the largest increase in the waiting list size, going from 319,099 to 323,912 an increase of 4,813 pathways (1.50%).