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Waiting time targets missed

The NHS in Wales has slipped further away from hitting its targets for the time it takes for patients to be treated in hospital, after being referred, according to official figures published today.

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NHS in Wales missing targets for referral to treatment

The NHS in Wales has slipped further away from hitting its targets for the time it takes for patients to be treated in hospital, after being referred.

  • It aims to have 95% of patients starting treatment within 26 weeks of referral - but, for those who began treatment in December, that only reached 82.9%
  • It aims to have 100% of patients starting treatment within 36 weeks - but, for those who began treatment in December, that only reached 96.3%
  • By the end of December, there were more than 36,000 patients still waiting, after more than 26 weeks, to start treatment - a larger number than at any time over the last two years
  • There were more than 5,000 still waiting, after more than 36 weeks, to start treatment - the most since January 2012

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