The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has reported that its longest delays occur in neurosurgery and orthopaedics when compared to other treatments, according to Department of Health (DH) statistics.

The latest figures revealed that only 82.5% of cases in neurosurgery and 86.6% in trauma and orthopaedics met the 18-week GP referral to hospital treatment deadline set out in the 2004 NHS Improvement Plan during March.

But there has been an improvement compared to January’s figures, which were 78% and 75% respectively, according to a report in UK newspaper The Guardian.

The DH reported that performance targets stating that 90% of admitted patients and 95% of outpatients must meet the 18-week deadline, were achieved in every health authority across the country.