The number of over one year waiters on the English waiting list shot up 20 per cent in February, as the elective admission rate continued to slump in the face of exceptional winter pressures.
Nor is there any relief in sight. The type one accident and emergency data, which is released a month ahead of referral to treatment waiting times data, showed record poor A&E performance continuing through March, suggesting winter pressures may hammer RTT admission rates for some time to come.
In the following discussion, all figures come from NHS England. If you have a national statistic that you’d like to check up on, you can download the RTT waiting times fact checker.