Diagnostic waits have fallen sharply over the last month, Department of Health statistics show.

Patients in England waiting more than six weeks for key diagnostic tests, such as scans, fell to 3,500 in February, a drop of 39 per cent from the previous month. The number of people of waiting more than six weeks compared with the same month last year, was down by 94.9 per cent.

Audiology remains the specialty with the largest number of long-waiters, with 800 people waiting more than six weeks for a diagnostic test in February. This was a 43.9 per cent fall from January.

The figures show there were 750 patients waiting more than 13 weeks for a key diagnostic test in February, 23.5 per cent down on the previous month.