The 18 week referral to treatment time (RTT) target
A debate has been tabled in the House of Lords for Wednesday 6 September on the appropriateness and process of relaxing the requirement for 92% of patients to be treated within 18 weeks of referral (the 18 week referral to treatment [RTT] target).
NHS Providers is the representative body of NHS hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services. Representing 97% of NHS foundation trusts and trusts, we set out in the briefing below:
- Details of the target, including current performance;
- What is happening to the target in 2017/18; and
- The need for an open, honest and realistic conversation about the target, and a managed process for any changes to it.