Jun 24, 2020
Coronavirus: More than half wait too long for non-Covid tests
The number of people in England waiting longer than six weeks for tests and scans increased five-fold between March and April. NHS England's constitution says patients should wait no longer than six weeks for diagnostic tests. In February, before coronavirus took hold in the UK, fewer than 3% of people waited longer than six weeks. By April, more than half of people were waiting past the promised six-week cut off. Cancer Research has previously said more than two million people are now overdue for cancer screening, tests or treatment, resulting in a potential 23,000 cancers having gone undiagnosed during lockdown.
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