Monday, 23 November 2009

Most NHS patients meet crunch waiting target

MOST NHS patients in Solihull are seen within 18 weeks, meeting a major Government waiting time target, figures show.

Of 19 out of 20 specialities this target was between 87.7 per cent to 100 per cent of patients seen in this time.

The worst scoring was neurology. Two patients were sent for treatment and one waited more than 18 weeks.

The broad target was introduced by Labour to guarantee a minimum level of waits.

Some medical conditions must be seen quicker, for example those with suspected cancer must wait no more than two weeks for a first appointment.

The figures relate to Solihull Care Trust, which decides where NHS cash is spent.

Most patients are likely to have attended Solihull Hospital but could have chosen to go elsewhere.

Click the picture below to see the full figures: