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Wales: Waiting Times For Diagnostic Tests Fall

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Waiting times for diagnostic scans within the Welsh NHS continue to fall, in line with Assembly Government targets, according to new figures published on Wednesday, 13 May.

Figures reported by the NHS for the end of March show that no patient waited more than eight weeks for a test such as an MRI or CT scan or ultrasound and endoscopy - a fall of 2,022 over February.

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The same sources reported that no patient was waiting more than 14 weeks for access to therapy services, including physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. The statistics show that the number of patients waiting over this target had reduced by 645.

Health Minister Edwina Hart said: "I would like to thank staff for their hard work in driving down waiting times.

"Thanks to the Assembly Government's investment in more staff, new buildings and equipment, the NHS is delivering for patients.

"Swifter access to diagnostic scans and therapy services is important as it is a key component of the care and support provided to patients, and in the identification of their condition, helping to inform the course of treatment."