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Waiting Times

Volume 401: debated on Friday 14 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Audit Commission report on the alteration by NHS hospital trusts of figures on waiting times; and which hospitals in the north-west have been accused of altering waiting time lists. [102546]

The Audit Commission report "Waiting List Accuracy" was published on Wednesday 5 March. Three trusts were found to be deliberately misreporting their data, this practice is inexcusable, in all of these cases prompt action was taken to investigate and deal with the issues identified. Only one of these trusts is in the north-west, South Manchester University Hospitals National Health Service Trust.