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Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to improve the accuracy of the information available to him about National Health Service waiting lists.

All health authorities are asked to ensure that their waiting lists accurately reflect the demand for services and I am not aware of any specific problems with the data they supply. Since 1 April an improved system for collecting waiting list data has been in operation. This will provide the Department with more frequent and more comprehensive information about waiting times.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras can expect a substantive reply to his question about hospital waiting lists to which a holding answer was given on 23 March, Official Report, columns 75–76.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out, region by region, district health authority in-patient waiting lists, the total population living in each district, the percentage which the former represents of the latter and their national ranking by that percentage.

Number of cases on in-patient waiting list at 30 September 1986 and resident population (mid 1985) with total cases as a percentage of population
District Health AuthorityTotal casesResident population (hundreds)Total cases as a percentage of resident population
Northern Regional Health Authority
Hartlepool1,4619161·6
North Tees9251,7580·5
South Tees5,9962,9252·0
East Cumbria3,2531,7661·8
South Cumbria1,3331,7150·8
West Cumbria1,2151,3630·9
Darlington2,4491,2412·0
Durham9952,3650·4
North West Durham6908630·8
South West Durham6711,5400·4
Northumberland1,9283,0060·6
Gateshead1,2622,0810·6
Newcastle9,1402,8223·2
North Tyneside1,0661,9320·6
South Tyneside7561,5760·5
Sunderland3,7402,9881·3
Yorkshire Regional Health Authority
Hull6,7973,1032·2
East Yorkshire1,3651,8660·7
Grimsby1,3691,5970·9
Scunthorpe2,9071,9341·5
Northallerton7841,1260·7
York2,5722,5931·0
Scarborough1,7691,4261·2
Harrogate1,7591,3391·3
Bradford6,8743,3882·0
Airedale2,4041,7291·4
Calderdale9721,9170·5
Huddersfield2,2002,1251·0
Dewsbury5601,6440·3
Leeds Western4,4763,6011·2
Leeds Esstern5,1443,5041·5
Wakefield2,2161,4221·6
Pontefract2,4291,6801·4
Trent Regional Health Authority
North Derbyshire2,6523,6100·7
Southern Derbyshire6,3505,2201·2
Leicestershire8,1698,7220·9
North Lincolnshire2,6722,6571·0
South Lincolnshire4,1692,9461·4
Bassetlaw8971,0420·9
Central Nottinghamshire5,7542,8512·0
Nottingham7,5706,1661·2
Barnsley2,3712,2331·1
Doncaster4,8512,8851·7
Rotherham4,3852,5271·7
Sheffield11,0025,3872·0
East Anglian Regional Health Authority
Cambridge4,9532,6861·8
Peterborough3,6341,9661·8
West Suffolk2,5922,2491·2

[pursuant to his reply, 23 March 1987. c.76]: Information on in-patient waiting lists, and total resident populations is given in the following table. A significant, though varying, proportion of patients on the waiting list are referred by general practitioners in other districts. The relevant population for comparison is therefore the "catchment" population which can, and in many cases does, vary substantially from the resident population. The percentage figures may therefore have little significance, and any national ranking based on them may be seriously misleading.

District Health Authority

Total cases

Resident population (hundreds)

Total cases as a percentage of resident population

East Suffolk3,3363,1521·1
Norwich6,9364,6061·5
Great Yarmouth and Waveney3,4841,9201·8
West Norfolk and Wisbech2,1051,8131·2
Huntingdon8201,2550·7

North-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North Bedfordshire2,0392,4200·8
South Bedfordshire2,3542,7470·9
North Hertfordshire3,0351,8661·6
East Hertfordshire1,1972,9270·4
North West Hertfordshire1,8962,6170·7
South West Hetfordshire2,0542,4510·8
Barnet4,0593,0121·3
Harrow1,2572,0170·6
Hillingdon7,7902,3213·4
Hounslow and Spelthorne5,3372,8581·9
Ealing1,8152,9240·6
Brent1,9972,5490·8
Paddington and North Kensington3,2891,2262·7
Riverside5,5912,8841·9

North-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Basildon and Thurrock6,0712,8072·2
Mid Essex5,0492,8381·8
North East Essex3,5322,9501·2
West Essex4,8612,5511·9
Southend3,4143,1911·1
Barking, Havering and Brentwood6,6364,5811·4
Hampstead2,6681,0732·5
Bloomsbury14,7331,29711·4
Islington2,5091,6791·5
City and Hackney7,1121,9263·7
Newham1,1882,0860·6
Tower Hamlets7,0211,4714·8
Enfield2,9972,6501·1
Haringey9281,9720·5
Redbridge2,0952,2800·9
Waltham Forest4,1122,1621·9

South-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Brighton3,7622,9701·3
Eastbourne2,7452,2361·2
Hastings2,9511,6181·8
South East Kent2,6012,6161·0
Canterbury and Thanet4,5072,9961·5
Dartford and Gravesham4,4342,2142·0
Maidstone2,4101,9411·2
Medway3,2023,2231·0
Tunbridge Wells4,8691,9622·5
Bexley1,5352,1850·7
Greenwich2,8052,1621·3
Bromley2,1072,9790·7
West Lambeth7,7021,6264·7
Camberwell2,6162,1201·2
Lewisham and North Southwark8,5223,1722·7

South-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North West Surrey2,7062,0811·3
West Surrey and North East Hampshire4,4402,7701·6
South West Surrey3,0411,8351·7
Mid Surrey2,4901,6671·5
East Surrey1,9351,8611·0
Chichester2,5081,7571·4
Mid Downs2,1902,7190·8
Worthing3,1952,4011·3
Croydon2,1463,1900·7
Kingston and Esher2,6191,7941·5
Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton3,2332,2991·4
Wandsworth2,8381,9041·5
Merton and Sutton2,7323,3410·8

Wessex Regional Health Authority

East Dorset5,5854,3481·3
West Dorset1,9921,9291·0

District Health Authority

Total cases

Resident population (hundreds)

Total cases as a percentage of resident population

Portsmouth and South East Hampshire7,1395,2431·4
Southampton and South West Hampshire8,3854,1402·0
Winchester2,4842,0821·2
Basingstoke and North Hampshire2,7642,1441·3
Salisbury4,3351,2213·6
Swindon2,9242,2451·3
Bath5,5353,9581·4
Isle of Wight1,5831,2291·3

Oxford Regional Health Authority

East Berkshire7,6703,5982·1
West Berkshire4,5084,3671·0
Aylesbury Vale3,4161,3942·5
Wycombe1,1812,7210·4
Milton Keynes2,4641,5321·6
Kettering3,2012,4981·3
Northampton5,0202,9631·7
Oxfordshire5,7895,3001·1

South- Western Regional Health Authority

Bristol and Weston8,3193,6282·3
Frenchay3,3782,1881·5
Southmead1,7602,3090·8
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly4,9384,4381·1
Exeter4,6393,0091·5
North Devon1,4871,2991·1
Plymouth5,4533,2481·7
Torbay2,0422,3240·9
Cheltenham2,1262,0691·0
Gloucester4,4643,0451·5
Somerset5,0803,9451·3

West Midlands Regional Health Authority

Bromsgrove and Redditch2,0031,6271·2
Herefordshire2,8901,5271·9
Kidderminster and District1,3291,0111·3
Worcester and District3,2762,3431·4
Shropshire8,1613,9032·1
Mid Staffordshire1,6093,0610·5
North Stafforshire9,1594,6302·0
South East Staffordshire2,7212,5131·1
Rugby5538560·6
North Warwickshire2,0061,7271·2
South Warwickshire2,8712,2141·3
Central Birmingham5,4481,7993·0
East Birmingham3,3672,0171·7
North Birmingham1,5641,6341·0
South Birmingham7,7942,4913·1
West Birmingham4,1002,1341·9
Coventry5,7293,1221·8
Dudley3,9603,0081·3
Sandwell1,4253,0330·5
Solihull2,0162,0191·0
Walsall2,7582,6291·0
Wolverhampton4,5222,5321·8

Mersey Regional Health Authority

Chester2,1141,7791·2
Crewe4,6002,4571·9
Halton2681,4230·2
Macclesfield8801,7840·5
Warrington1,8241,7921·0
Liverpool8,6574,9151·8
St. Helens and Knowsley3,9553,5461·1
Southport and Formby1,1791,1801·0
South Sefton3,5191,8042·0
Wirral3,1303,5540·9

North-Western Regional Health Authority

Lancaster2,2641,2851·8
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde4,4773,1731·4
Preston4,3991,2443·5
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley2,4012,7230·9
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale2,3862,3011·0
West Lancashire2,2101,0752·1

District Health Authority

Total cases

Resident population (hundreds)

Total cases as a percentage of resident population

Chorley and South Ribble7201,9270·4
Bolton2,8352,6121·1
Bury7111,7330·4
North Manchester2,6091,4681·8
Central Manchester6,1041,2604·8
South Manchester5,9421,7833·3
Oldham4,6702,1972·1
Rochdale2,7982,1361·3
Salford4,3782,4001·8
Stockport4,3672,9121·5
Tameside and Glossop1,6142,4490·7
Trafford1,6372,1780·8
Wigan4,6213,0671·5

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will set out, region by region, the hospital urgent in-patient waiting list in each district, together with the number of urgent cases waiting more than a month, the percentage the latter presents of the former and their national ranking by that percentage;(2) if he will set out, region by region, the hospital non-urgent in-patient waiting list in each health district together with the number of non-urgent cases waiting more than a year, the percentage the latter represents of the former and their national ranking by that percentage.

Number of urgent cases and number of urgent cases waiting for more than one month on in-patient wailing list at 30 September 1986 with over one month cases as a percentage of all cases
District Health AuthorityTotal urgent casesNumber waiting over one monthPercentage of urgent cases waiting over one month
Northern Regional Health Authority
Hartlepool45511·1
North Tees00
South Tees1374835·0
East Cumbria4125·0
South Cumbria3133·3
West Cumbria32721·9
Darlington111090·9
Durham30723·3
North West Durham1100·0
South West Durham00
Northumberland20717584·5
Gateshead261350·0
Newcastle1,30485565·6
North Tyneside600·0
South Tyneside00
Sunderland13911280·6
Yorkshire Regional Heath Authority
Hull00
East Yorkshire00
Grimsby1100·0
Scunthorpe00
Northallerton00
York1200·0
Scarborough34823·5
Harrogate291551·7
Bradford1868947·8
Airdale1027270·6
Calderdale1100·0
Huddersfield00
Dewsbury500·0
Leeds Western44334177·0
Leeds Eastern49343387·8
Wakefield29827·6
Pontefract36929379·4

[pursuant to his reply, 23 March 1987, c. 76.]: Information on the numbers of urgent cases and non-urgent cases in each district and the percentages waiting over a month and a year respectively are given in the following tables. National ranking according to these percentages would be misleading since in many districts the actual numbers waiting are very low. Nor is there any common definition of what constitutes an "urgent" case. That means that comparison between districts, even in terms of actual numbers, has little significance.

District Health Authority

Total urgent cases

Number waiting over one month

Percentage of urgent cases waiting over one month

Trent Regional Health Authority

North Derbyshire1254233·6
Southern Derbyshire21911753·4
Leicestershire87535240·2
North Lincolnshire894853·9
South Lincolnshire1346347·0
Bassetlaw453271·
Central Nottinghamshire1373626·3
Nottingham521325·0
Barnsley901011·1
Doncaster42625559·9
Rotherham1054946·7
Sheffield1,5151,00866·5

East Anglian Regional Health Authority

Cambridge63841865·5
Peterborough624064·5
West Suffolk533464·2
East Suffolk1526844·7
Norwich1,22794276·8
Great Yarmouth and Waveney28824083·3
West Norfolk and Wisbech900·0
Huntingdon794455·7

North-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North Bedfordshire22100·0
South Bedfordshire100·0
North Hertfordshire331545·5
East Hertfordshire800·0
North West Hertfordshire900·0
South West Hertfordshire292586·2
Barnet54315829·1
Harrow44100·0
Hillingdon80351263·8
Hounslow and Spelthorne30316052·8
Ealing36431686·8
Brent19947·4
Paddington and North Kensington15112180·1
Riverside81375192·4

North-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Basildon and Thurrock96370573·2
Mid Essex23914259·4
North East Essex28415855·6
West Essex967982·3
Southend69539857·3
Barking, Havering and Brentwood1436746·9
Hampstead432353·5
Bloomsbury70215421·9
Islington40433683·2
City and Hackney2,5711,32251·4
Newham736589·0
Tower Hamlets1,6291,40085·9
Enfield5311·9
Haringey1133026·5
Redbridge958387·4
Waltham Forest975051·5

South-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Brighton1626439·5
Eastbourne674059·7
Hastings1479866·7
South East Kent500·0
Canterbury and Thanet38715740·6
Dartford and Gravesham3512·9
Maidstone784051·3
Medway1386043·5
Tunbridge Wells31821367·0
Bexley00
Greenwich3400·0
Bromley4000·0
West Lambeth1,79673540·9
Camberwell1788346·6
Lewisham and North Southwark97377880·0

District Health Authority

Total urgent cases

Number waiting over one month

Percentage of urgent cases wailing over one month

South-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North West Surrey523261·5
West Surrey and North East Hampshire1,41596067·8
South West Surrey991515·2
Mid Surrey421228·6
East Surrey1955427·7
Chichester1257761·6
Mid Downs1144539·5
Worthing33119960·1
Croydon965254·2
Kingston and Esher33620962·2
Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton16911970·4
Wandsworth29812943·3
Morton and Sutton30714547·2

Wessex Regional Health Authority

East Dorset1,05069265·9
West Dorset19915778·9
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire38116342·8
Southampton and South West Hampshire1,11873565·7
Winchester1142320·2
Basingstoke and North Hampshire462043·5
Salisbury1917338·2
Swindon52917·3
Bath46435376·1
Isle of Wight900·0

Oxford Regional Health Authority

East Berkshire49937474·9
West Berkshire1645734·8
Aylesbury Vale412151·2
Wycombe2400·0
Milton Keynes623454·8
Kettering896674·2
Northampton75064786·3
Oxfordshire1482416·2

South- Western Regional Health Authority

Bristol and Weston76930339·4
Frenchay893134·8
Southmead341338·2
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly25719776·7
Exeter1748951·1
North Devon1500·0
Plymouth1123934·8
Torbay403382·5
Cheltenham11100·0
Gloucester30613042·5
Somerset84645954·3

West Midlands Regional Health Authority

Bromsgrove and Redditch2528·0
Herefordshire846779·8
Kidderminster and District1900·0
Worcester and District594271·2
Shropshire38523561·0
Mid Staffordshire2123416·0
North Staffordshire1,09589781·9
South East Staffordshire302480·0
Rugby00
North Warwickshire28414·3
South Warwickshire462758·7
Central Birmingham72257379·4
East Birmingham41526263·1
North Birmingham6357·9
South Birmingham1,01189588·5
West Birmingham1198067·2
Coventry53533963·4
Dudley1164740·5
Sandwell00
Solihull55100·0
Walsall241145·8
Wolverhampton15412178·6

District Health Authority

Total urgent cases

Number waiting over one month

Percentage of urgent cases nailing over one month

Mersey Regional Health Authority

Chester772127·3
Crewe20917282·3
Halton00
Macclesfield1479363·3
Warrington191894·7
Liverpool50434468·3
St. Helens and Knowsley754965·3
Southport and Formby00
South Sefton642539·1
Wirral1144741·2

North-Western Regional Health Authority

Lancaster32515·6
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde62049880·3
Preston561017·9
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley1815·6
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale30625081·7
West Lancashire1200·0
Chorley and South Ribble6116·7
Bolton855969·4
Bury00
North Manchester813745·7
Central Manchester1577447·1
South Manchester58214825·4
Oldham36627073·8
Rochdale1086863·0
Salford2444920·1
Stockport44031972·5
Tameside and Glossop1205445·0
Trafford12433·3
Wigan28828·6

Number of non-urgent cases and number of non-urgent cases waiting for more than one month on in-patient waiting list at 30 September 1986 with over one month cases as a percentage of all non-urgent cases

District Health Authority

Total non-urgent cases

Number waiting over one year

Percentage of non-urgent cases waiting over one year

Northern Regional Health Authority

Hartlepool1,41630021·2
North Tees925242·6
South Tees5,8591,67128·5
East Cumbria3,24984325·9
South Cumbria1,33025319·0
West Cumbria1,1831149·6
Darlington2,43861225·1
Durham965717·4
North West Durham67913820·3
South West Durham67110415·5
Northumberland1,72131818·5
Gateshead1,23619615·9
Newcastle7,8361,15914·8
North Tyneside1,06013412·6
South Tyneside756668·7
Sunderland3,60142311·7

Yorkshire Regional Health Authority

Hull6,7972,43435·8
East Yorkshire1,36525919·0
Grimsby1,3581118·2
Scunthorpe2,90780127·6
Northallerton78460·8
York2,5602469·6
Scarborough1,7351307·5
Harrogate1,73021012·1
Bradford6,6881,42221·3
Airedale2,30277733·8
Calderdale961687·1
Huddersfield2,20028613·0
Dewsbury55512322·2
Leeds Western4,03373618·2
Leeds Eastern4,65196220·7
Wakefield2,1871908·7

District Health Authority

Total non-urgent cases

Number waiting over one year

Percentage of non-urgent cases waiting over one year

Pontefract2,06055927·1

Trent Regional Health Authority

North Derbyshire2,52781832·4
Southern Derbyshire6,13198216·0
Leicestershire7,2941,14615·7
North Lincolnshire2,58337214·4
South Lincolnshire4,0351,37034·0
Bassetlaw85215818·5
Central Nottinghamshire5,6172,41343·0
Nottingham7,5182,15028·6
Barnsley2,2812149·4
Doncaster4,4251,37831·1
Rotherham4,2801,50935·3
Sheffield8,4873,60138·0

East Anglian Regional Health Authority

Cambridge4,3151,58036·6
Peterborough3,57251914·5
West Suffolk2,53953621·1
East Suffolk3,18466420·9
Norwich5,7092,19238·4
Great Yarmouth and Waveney3,1961,01831·9
West Norfolk and Wisbech2,09626312·5
Huntingdon741212·8

North-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North Bedfordshire2,03759529·2
South Bedfordshire2,35328612·2
North Hertfordshire3,00277225·7
East Hertfordshire1,189675·6
North West Hertfordshire1,8871095·8
South West Hertfordshire2,02523111·4
Barnet3,51684023·9
Harrow1,253957·6
Hillingdon6,9874,04958·0
Hounslow and Spelthorne5,0341,26925·2
Ealing1,45197667·3
Brent1,97826713·5
Paddington and North Kensington3,13836711·7
Riverside4,77891419·1

North-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Basildon and Thurrock5,1082,48548·6
Mid Essex4,8101,02721·4
North East Essex3,24843713·5
West Essex4,76591419·2
Southend2,71973527·0
Barking, Havering and Brentwood6,4932,69641·5
Hampstead2,62571427·2
Bloomsbury14,0313,49524·9
Islington2,10570933·7
City and Hackney4,5411,73238·1
Newham1,11516514·8
Tower Hamlets5,3923,04656·5
Enfield2,94471724·4
Haringey815678·2
Redbridge2,00035717·9
Waltham Forest4,01574718·6

South-East Thames Regional Health Authority

Brighton3,60066518·5
Eastbourne2,67861623·0
Hastings2,80449317·6
South East Kent2,5962469·5
Canterbury and Thanet4,12093222·6
Dartford and Gravesham4,39985019·3
Maidstone2,33245519·5
Medway3,06444614·6
Tunbridge Wells4,5511,62235·6
Bexley1,5351167·6
Greenwich2,77145316·3
Bromley2,06753425·8
West Lambeth5,9062,86448·5
Camberwell2,43831312·8

District Health Authority

Total non-urgent cases

Number waiting over one year

Percentage of non-urgent cases waiting over one year

Lewisham and North Southwark7,5492,26830·0

South-West Thames Regional Health Authority

North West Surrey2,65441815·7
West Surrey and North East Hampshire3,02573124·2
South West Surrey2,94264922·1
Mid Surrey2,44891037·2
East Surrey1,74032718·8
Chichester2,38383435·0
Mid Downs2,07627713·3
Worthing2,86466323·1
Croydon2,05026112·7
Kingston and Esher2,28388938·9
Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton3,0641,68555·0
Wandsworth2,54036614·4
Merton and Sutton2,42528111·6

Wessex Regional Health Authority

East Dorset4,53586919·2
West Dorset1,79337921·1
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire6,7581,39520·6
Southampton and South West Hampshire7,2672,28531·4
Winchester2,37073831·1
Basingstoke and North Hampshire2,71861422·6
Salisbury4,1441,35932·8
Swindon2,87235912·5
Bath5,0711,33326·3
Isle of Wight1,574935·9

Oxfordshire Regional Health Authority

East Berkshire7,1712,41933·7
West Berkshire4,34465515·1
Aylesbury Vale3,3751,37640·8
Wycombe1,1571028·8
Milton Keynes2,40267728·2
Kettering3,11282526·5
Northampton4,2701,64738·6
Oxfordshire5,64185515·2

South-Western Regional Health Authority

Bristol and Weston7,5501,36918·1
Frenchay3,2891,77554·0
Southmead1,72639222·7
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly4,6811,51732·4
Exeter4,46575917·0
North Devon1,47215810·7
Plymouth5,3411,62730·5
Torbay2,00240420·2
Cheltenham2,12561729·0
Gloucester4,1581,06525·6
Somerset4,2341,42733·7

West Midlands Regional Health Authority

Bromsgrove and Redditch1,97836918·7
Herefordshire2,80686931·0
Kidderminster and District1,31014811·3
Worcester and District3,21759818·6
Shropshire7,7762,29929·6
Mid Staffordshire1,39729421·0
North Staffordshire8,0642,97636·9
South East Staffordshire2,69133712·5
Rugby5539216·6
North Warwickshire1,97844922·7
South Warwickshire2,82591732·5
Central Birmingham4,7261,23126·0
East Birmingham2,9521,36946·4
North Birmingham1,50131721·1
South Birmingham6,7833,62053·4
West Birmingham3,9811,10127·7
Coventry5,1941,87436·1
Dudley3,84488923·1
Sandwell1,42514510·2
Solihull2,01146923·3
Walsall2,73469925·6
Wolverhampton4,3681,10825·4

District Health Authority

Total non-urgent cases

Number waiting over one year

Percentage of non-urgent cases waiting over one year

Mersey Regional Health Authority

Chester2,03730314·9
Crewe4,3912,08847·6
Halton26872·6
Macclesfield73323031·4
Warrington1,80543724·2
Liverpool8,1531,44517·7
St. Helens and Knowsley3,88097125·0
Southport and Formby1,17929625·1
South Sefton3,45554415·7
Wirral3,01633611·1

North-Western Regional Health Authority

Lancaster2,23252223·4
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde3,85782121·3
Preston4,3431,41232·5
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley2,38349520·8
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale2,08067732·5
West Lancashire2,19836416·6
Chorley and South Ribble71427238·1
Bolton2,75063122·9
Bury711213·0
North Manchester2,52835013·8
Central Manchester5,9471,33222·4
South Manchester5,3601,26123·5
Oldham4,3041,97946·0
Rochdale2,69087632·6
Salford4,1341,01524·6
Stockport3,9271,19430·4
Tameside and Glossop1,49425817·3
Trafford1,6251167·1
Wigan4,5931,26227·5