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Hospital Waiting Times

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were waiting more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation in each month since November 2005 at a hospital in Northern Ireland. (96831)

Official waiting lists are produced on a quarterly basis. Information on the number of patients waiting more than six months for in-patient treatment in Northern Ireland hospitals is provided in the following table for the quarters ending December 2005, March 2006 and June 2006.

Quarter ending

Number of patients waiting six months and over

December 2005

10,403

March 2006

6,580

June 2006

5,144

Source: Departmental Information return CH1

There is a ministerial commitment that by March 2007 no one will have to wait more than six months for in-patient or day case treatment.