The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford hadsome of the longest A&E waiting times in the countryin 2016/17, and the Nuffield survey suggests outpatient waiting times
are also a problem.
"This government and the last have consistently failed to deliver on outpatient waiting times
and have failed to meet their own targets.
Missed appointments can increase outpatient waiting times
and waste doctors' and nurses' time waiting for a patient to arrive in clinic.
"We need to hear assurances from the Health Minister that she won't deal with the problem of rising referral to treatment waiting time figures in the same way that she did with similar rises in inpatient and outpatient waiting times
- by stopping collecting the data.
Carwyn Jones, leaning lawyer-like on his lectern, pointed out that outpatient waiting times
10-12 years ago 'were substantially longer than they are now'.
WELSH Liberal Democrat health spokesman Peter Black has expressed his anger at the increase in outpatient waiting times
We include data on inpatient and outpatient waiting times
estimated at the health authority (HA) and regional level (provided by the NHS Waiting Times Team), as well as data on the number of private acute care beds, at the regional level (Laing and Buisson 2000a), and estimates of the regional distribution of physicians working in the private health care sector (DH 2001).
By December 2005, no patient should be waiting longer than six months and the report showed that outpatient waiting times
were also falling.
Outpatient waiting times
at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been slashed by a new one-stop-shop approach.
Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm admitted outpatient waiting times
were 'unacceptably long'.
Coun David Wood, a Newcastle City Council cabinet member and non-executive director on the Newcastle Trust board, said: "I am stunned by the CHI assessment and, while an advocate of national performance measures and targets in working towards improved standards, the assessment in terms of outpatient waiting times
does not make any sense whatsoever."