The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting events produced by the Department of Health were released on 24th February 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK
NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting events figures for the quarter ending 31st December 2011 include data for England, Strategic Health Authorities, and NHS Trusts and PCTs.
The key points from the latest release are:
- The number of decisions to admit has increased by 60,391 (4.5%) to 1.4 million and the number of elective admissions from the list has increased by 45,798 (3.8%) to 1.3 million compared to Q3 2010/11.
Outpatient Referrals and attendances
In Quarter 3 of 2011/12:
- The number of GP referrals made has increased by 26,074 (1.0%) to 2.8 million and the number of other referrals made has increased by 87,544 (5.3%) remaining at 1.7 million compared to Q3 2010/11.
- First attendances at consultant outpatient clinics have increased by 80,608 (2.0%) to 4.2 million and total attendances increased by 460,134 (3.6%) to 13.1 million compared to Q3 2010/11.
- Did not attend (DNA) rates have decreased this quarter compared to the equivalent quarter of 2010/11. This quarter, the percentage of patients who did not attend for their first outpatient attendance is 8.4% which shows a 0.6 percentage point decrease compared to the equivalent quarter of 2010/11.