NHS: Standards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for routine NHS appointments across all departments in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England publishes monthly data for Referral to Treatment waiting times on its statistical work areas website at the following link:


Latest data for December 2018 shows 86.6% of patients were seen within 18 weeks, against a 92% standard. The median waiting time was 7.6 weeks.

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