The latest government figures have shown that just seven hospital trusts are responsible for over a quarter of the increase in outpatients experiencing unacceptable waiting times .
But ministers have announced that teams from the shadow Modernisation Agency, set up following the government’s NHS Plan, are going into those hospitals failing to bring waiting times down in order to rectify the situation.
The action was announced as the monthly waiting lists figures showed a wide variation in performance between hospital trusts.
The inpatient waiting list fell by 5,000 during June, but the outpatient waiting list figures for April, May and June – which often show some seasonal rise – drew a mixed picture.
The number of people waiting longer than 26 weeks fell by 1,888 over April, May and June, but those waiting more than 13 weeks rose by 42,880.
The previous quarter had shown a drop of 94,000 people waiting to see a consultant.
Just 19 hospital trusts account for over half of the outpatient increase, while only seven trusts account for a quarter of the rise.
The seven trusts which were due to be visited by the Agency teams are:
l Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust l Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust l Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust l Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust l Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust l Southend Hospital NHS Trust l Worcester NHS Trust Teams from the National Patient Access Team – which forms the core of the Modernisation Agency – have helped four trusts, including Medway and the Royal Liverpool, cut their outpatient waiting times to acceptable levels after showing large rises in the previous quarter.