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Hospital Waiting Times

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of patients in Northern Ireland waiting for elective admission to trauma and orthopaedics were seen in (a) under three months and (b) under 12 months during (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06. (76501)

The proportion of in-patients waiting for elective admission (ordinary admission or day case treatment) in the trauma and orthopaedics specialty that were seen during 2004-05 and 2005-06 in an NHS hospital in Northern Ireland in (a) under three months and (b) under 12 months is provided in the following table:

Proportion of in-patients waiting for elective admission in the trauma and orthopaedics specialty that were seen in an NHS hospital in Northern Ireland in:

Under 3 months

Under 12 months

2004-05

41.3

76.1

2005-06

38.6

81.5

Waiting time is calculated from the original date the decision to admit was made to the actual admission date. Data include in-patients who were medically deferred while waiting and in-patients who self-deferred or did not turn up for a previously arranged admission date.