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Volume 405: debated on Friday 16 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the latest waiting times for urgent hysterectomies in Worcestershire. [112645]

Information on urgent hysterectomy operations is not collected centrally.We are reducing outpatient waits for urgent referrals and have embarked on the biggest ever programme to replace and update screening, diagnosis and treatment equipment. Within new guaranteed maximum waiting time backstops, patients are treated according to individual clinicians' assessment of clinical urgency and need.