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Genito-urinary Clinics

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine clinics was recorded as not having been given an appointment within two weeks in the August 2006 audit of GUM clinic waiting times by the Health Protection Agency. (106127)

The August 2006 audit of waiting times for genito-urinary {GUM) clinics, for which data are available showed that 13 per cent. of attendees were offered an appointment within two weeks (0 to 13 days). The percentage of patients that were not seen within two weeks (0 to 13 days) and not offered an earlier appointment is 12 per cent. This compares to 29 per cent. of attenders not seen within two weeks in May 2004. Good progress is being made to our target of access to GUM clinics within 48 hours: the August audit showed that 57 per cent. of patients were seen within 48 hours and this rose to 65 per cent. in the November audit which has just been published.