How are the different targets being missed in England?


Published: 06/12/2019


The 62-day cancer target stipulates that no more than 15% of patients should wait more than 62 days (two months) from an urgent GP referral to start a first treatment for cancer.

The A&E waiting times operational standard is that no more than 5% of patients attending A&E should have to wait longer than four hours to be admitted, transferred or discharged.

It is a statutory requirement that no more than 8% of patients should have a referral-to-treatment time in excess of 18 weeks.

The NHS Constitution requires that no more than 1% of patients should have to wait longer than 6 weeks for a diagnostic test.