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Out-Patient Care

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the (a) percentage change in elective activity and (b) percentage change in out-patient referrals from general practitioners in each of the last five years. [130329]

The tables show national figures for elective admissions and general practitioner referrals for first out-patient appointments over the last five years.

Elective general and acute admissions, England 1996–97 to 2002–03
Elective admissions (thousand)Percentage growth from previous yearPercentage growth over five years
1997–984,6552.0
1998–995,0939.4
1999–20005,1601.3
2000–015,2772.3
2001–0215,3140.7
2002–0325,5524.519.3
1 Earlier figures are from health authorities. With the abolition of health authorities, figures for 2001–02 and 2002–03 are estimated based on growth in NHS trusts.
2 These are provisional figures for admissions commissioned by the NHS.

Source:

Department of Health, SaFFR

GP and dental practitioner written referrals for first consultant out-patient appointments, England 1997–98 to 2002–03

Number of referrals

Percentage growth from previous year

Percentage growth over five years

1997–988,991,722
1998–999,139,7851.6
1999–20009,141,4250.0
2000–019,362,7702.4
2001–029,470,3421.1
2002–039,655,8742.07.4

Note:

These figures are for GP and dental practitioner written referrals received by NHS hospitals "provider based". They will include some private patients, and some patients who live outside England.

Source:

Department of Health form QM08