STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Department of Health misses own waiting time targets

New figures show that the Department of Health has missed its own waiting list targets.

At the end of June, almost 86,000 patients had been waiting for more than 18 weeks for a first outpatient appointment. The target is for nobody to wait longer than that. The number of people waiting for a first appointment has risen by more than 45%.

The quarterly figures from the health department for April to June of this year revealed an 11% rise in patients waiting for a first outpatient appointment.  That means more than 212,000 people have been referred to a specialist or consultant by their GP but have yet to be seen. Of those, the number of patients waiting longer – more than 18 weeks – increased by over 45% to nearly 86,000. The number of people waiting for diagnostic services, which can include a test for a potentially fatal illness, increased by nearly 12% from March to June.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-34082381

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Policy Paper – Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020 – First published: 8 October 2014

Sets out national waiting time standards from April 2015 and plans to provide better access to mental health services over the next 5 years.

This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.

From April 2015, the following will be guaranteed:

  • treatment within 6 weeks for 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, with 95% of people being treated within 18 weeks
  • treatment within 2 weeks for more than 50% of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis

Targeted investment will also help people in crisis to get effective support in more acute hospitals. This plan will start to ensure that mental and physical health services are given equal priority by 2020.

Click on the link to download pdf document

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-services-achieving-better-access-by-2020?

 

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