Diagnostic Waiting Times for October 2022

Thursday 8 December 2022

Responding to October 2022's Diagnostic Waiting Times data for England, Dr Katharine Halliday, President of The Royal College of Radiologists, said:

“Today’s data is concerning but not all that surprising. We have known for some time that shortages in the diagnostic workforce are a core driver behind the NHS’s slow recovery from COVID-19, and are limiting our ability to give safe and effective care. Today’s statistics are yet more evidence of that. 

“NHS staff have been working over capacity for years, but there simply aren’t enough of us. To clear the backlog of patients waiting for CT and MRI scans within a month, the NHS in England would have to employ 390 radiology consultants, the equivalent of a 10% increase in the current workforce.

“We’ve had years of underinvestment in the NHS workforce, so we hope the Government will soon publish a fully-funded workforce plan, which would reassure patients and doctors that these backlogs can be tackled, targets can be met, and patients can be diagnosed in the earliest possible time.”

Notes to Editors

  • The number of patients waiting 6 weeks or more for a CT or MRI scan has shot up from 2% of the waiting list in September 2019 to 19% of the waiting list in October this year. This is more than tenfold increase in numbers of patients waiting.
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