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Waiting Lists

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people on NHS waiting lists there were in each of the last 20 years; (93887)

(2) how many patients waited more than six months for inpatient treatment in each of the last 20 years.

The figures requested are shown in the table.

Inpatient waiting list statistics: England, 1988 to 2006

Total number of patients waiting for admission

Number of patients waiting over six months for inpatient admission

Month ending

Provider based

Commissioner based

Provider based

Commissioner based

1988

March

876,246

381,226

1989

March

922,676

408,755

1990

March

958,976

400,518

1991

March

948,243

369,541

1992

March

917,717

270,817

1993

March

994,974

272,654

1994

March

1,065,369

303,885

1995

March

1,044,051

241,218

1996

March

1,048,029

1,017,304

208,484

203,235

1997

March

1,158,004

1,131,201

289,574

283,866

1998

March

1,297,662

1,276,965

382,432

377,164

1999

March

1,072,860

1,060,356

279,627

276,752

2000

March

1,037,066

1,024,654

268,275

264,370

2001

March

1,006,727

995,123

245,991

242,953

2002

March

1,035,365

1,021,604

241,684

238,091

2003

March

992,075

975,338

192,452

189,054

2004

March

905,753

890,205

82,071

80,125

2005

March

821,722

808,810

41,416

40,843

2006

March

784,554

771,107

921

206

2006

August

769,461

759,136

827

115

Notes: 1.Before September 1987 waiting list excluded day case patients. 2. Waiting times figures not collected prior to 1987-88. 3. From April 2006, data collected in weeks and figures relate to patients waiting over 26 weeks. 4. Provider based figures include Welsh residents treated in English NHS Trusts. These patients are not subject to English waiting time standards. Source: KH07 provider based return and QF01 commissioner based return.