Patients waiting for tests to diagnose bowel, stomach, bladder and oesophageal cancer rise by 44%

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Patients waiting for tests to diagnose bowel, stomach, bladder and oesophageal cancer rise by 44%

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 21, 2020 Endoscopy European News


Test type

No. on waiting list at end of:

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Difference May 2019 vs May 2020

No. (and %) on waiting list waiting 6 weeks or more at end of:

May 2019

May 2020

May 2019

May 2020

Colonoscopy

42,878

64,955

22,077 more

(51% increase)

4,481 (10%)

43,220 (67%)

Flexi-sigmoidoscopy

19,772

28,883

9,111 more

(46% increase)

1,523 (8%)

19,462 (67%)

Cystoscopy

15,158

18,673

3,515 more

(23% increase)

1,450 (10%)

10,412 (56%)

Gastroscopy

47,352

68,147

20,795 more

(44% increase)

3,619 (8%)

46,861 (69%)



ALL endoscopy combined

125,160

180,658

55,498 more

(44% increase)

11,073 (9%)

119,955 (66%)

Source: Monthly Diagnostic Data 2020-21, NHS England and NHS Improvement

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No. of 7 types of diagnostic tests ($) that took place

Difference March-May 2019 vs March-May 2020

March-May 2019

March-May 2020

4,926,866

2,641,506

2,285,360 (46% decrease)

($) MRI scans, CT scans, non-obstetric ultrasound, colonoscopies, flexi-sigmoidoscopies, cystoscopies and gastroscopies which are diagnostic tests that can be used for diagnosing/ruling out cancer.

Source: Monthly Diagnostic Data 2020-21, NHS England and NHS Improvement

An endoscopy is a test that looks inside the body. The endoscope is a long flexible tube which has a tiny camera and light on the end of it. There are many types of endoscopes and the doctor uses these to look inside different parts of the body.

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