A "worrying" number of patients are waiting more than the recommended six weeks for key diagnostics tests that detect cancer and other diseases, according to a charity.
Macmillan Cancer Support has raised concerns about the delays, which it said have reached a six-year high.
Latest NHS England figures show that 16,981 patients were waiting six weeks or more for 15 diagnostic tests including MRI and CT scans, audiology assessments or cardiac echos - or 2.2% of all of the patients waiting for such tests.
In April 2008, just 2,904 patients were waiting for these checks.
More top news
Liam Fee suffered prolonged abuse for much of his short life before he was murdered by the two people he relied on for love and protection.
A former model has been jailed for 15 years after she was found guilty of murdering her millionaire ex-lover in his luxury Spanish home.
A man has been rescued by firefighters - after getting his head stuck inside a washing machine.