To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people on NHS waiting lists died before receiving treatment in the past 12 months. 
Information is collected on the number of people removed from NHS lists. This covers a number of categories, including those who have died. These categories are not separately identifiable.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting for in-patient treatment in each of the last two months for which figures are available. 
[holding answer 19 May 2003]: There were 9,174 patients waiting for in-patient treatment at Mid Essex Hospital Services National Health Service Trust at the end of February 2003 and 8,577 at the end of March 2003.
QM08 Quarterly Return
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area were waiting over 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment for the latest available quarter. 
[holding answer 19 May 2003]: There were 450 patients waiting 13 weeks or more for an outpatient appointment at Mid Essex Hospital Services National Health Services Trust at Quarter 4 as at 31 March 2003.
QM08 Quarterly Return
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 9 April 2003. Official Report, column 334W, on waiting times, whether any of the figures for waits in the table were in excess of national targets. 
Waiting time statistics from hospital episode statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. It is therefore not possible to identify any 'breaches' of the waiting time targets using the data from the answer given on Wednesday 9 April 2003, Official Report, column 334W. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period, whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision-to-admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.