Over 20,000 patients waiting 36 weeks

In August this year the number of patients in Wales waiting in excess of 36 weeks reached its highest point since records began in 2009.

26 week waits are also below target, with only 86% of patients seen in time. Performance varies significantly across the country, with Cardiff and Vale, at 98.7%, well over the NHS Wales 95% target whilst at the bottom of the table Powys have achieved only 83.1% of patients waiting less than 26 weeks.

“Delays in diagnostic services such as Radiology seem to be a significant bottleneck. This leaves less time to manage the rest of the patient pathway effectively” stated Anthony Thompson of the Checklist Partnership, experts in patient flow & waiting list management.

The Welsh Government announced that the Deputy Health Minister will be meeting with all health boards in the near future to discuss RTT targets and other aspects of performance.