July Waiting Times Data Release Summary

Updated: Nov 14, 2019


July National Provider Data Summary

  • At the end of July 2018, 87.35% 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 July 2018 was 4.1 million patients. Of those, 3,464 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks.

  • For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of July 2018, the median waiting time was 7.1 weeks. The 92nd percentile waiting time was 21.6 weeks.

  • During July 2018, 306,982 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 1,087,466 started non-admitted treatment (completed pathways).


RTT Performance

As the below heatmap and graph shows, there has been a substantial deterioration in RTT performance nationally when compared to July 2017.



Waiting List Size

As the below graph demonstrates, from March 2018 to July 2018 the total waiting list size increased from 3,843,182 to 4,124,657, an increase of 281,475 (6.9%).


Below is a table showing each reporting Trusts variance in waiting list size from March 2018 to July 2018, 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 some areas such as the South West suffering a significant increase, but other areas such as the East Midlands 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 2018 to July 2018, 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:


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery saw the highest percentage decrease, going from 9,281 to 8,885 a decrease of 369 pathways (4.26%), however Other saw the highest decrease in pathways going from 865,263 to 854, 241 a decrease of 11,022 pathways (1.27%).

  • General Medicine and Thoracic Medicine also saw a decrease in the waiting list size. General Medicine going from 47,829 to 46,363, a decrease of 1,466 pathways (3.06%), and Thoracic Medicine going from 101,530 to 99,870, a decrease of 1,660 pathways (1.63%).

  • Plastic Surgery and Geriatric Medicine both saw a large percentage increase in the waiting list size. Plastic Surgery going from 47,977 to 50,087, an increase of 2,110 pathways (4.40%) and Geriatric Medicine going from 20,817 to 21,417, an increase of 600 pathways (2.88%).

  • Dermatology, as a single specialty saw the highest percentage increase in the waiting list size as well as the largest increase of pathways, going from 206,410 to 215,630, an increase of 9,220 pathways (4.47%).



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