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Thousands of patients wait more than 26 weeks for tests, as 18 week diagnostic target looms

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39311.708380.DB (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:365
  1. Amy Davis
  1. BMJ

    Despite the imminent introduction of a target of 18 weeks between referral and treatment from 2008, almost 95 000 patients in England currently wait at least 13 weeks for diagnostic tests, and 66 000 patients wait more than 26 weeks, according to figures on a Department of Health website.

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    The five longest diagnostic waiting times (ranked by over 26 week wait)

    Audiology is one of the worst specialties, with 55 376 tests still outstanding after 26 weeks. The department wants to reduce substantially waiting times for audiological tests. It says that complex cases should be referred to ear, nose, and throat …

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