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Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 May 2011

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Diagnostics waiting times & activity data, month ending 31 May 2011

The following statistics were released by the Department of Health.The monthly data published gives the waiting times for 15 key diagnostic tests carried out in the NHS.

Main findings this month:

•The number of patients, for whom English commissioners are responsible, waiting over 6 weeks for any one of the 15 key diagnostics tests at the end of May 2011 was 15,900, an increase of 1,800 from April 2011, and an increase of 12,400 from May 2010.

•Of the patients waiting at the end of May 2011, 97.3% had been waiting under 6 weeks, compared to 97.5% in April 2011, and 99.3% in May 2010.