Try Googling ‘chronic pain waiting times England’ and you get 10 reports, all relating to Scotland. The 14th item was research done in the North of England and referred to the problem of long waiting times but gave no targets or figures.
So, it looks like NHS England has given up the ghost on this too. Miles Briggs and the Herald, of course, care nothing for context.
NHS Scotland actually has chronic pain waiting times which are holding up despite fast increasing demand.
Referrals to pain clinics increased by 4.5% or from 4 991 to 5 219, in just one quarter, between Q3 to Q4 of 2018.
Despite this 70.8% were seen within 18 weeks in Q4 compared to 72.4% in Q3.