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Waiting Times

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list time was for (a) all hospital patients and (b) cancer patients on (i) 2nd May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures are available. (106390)

The median waiting times for in-patient admission has decreased from 13.2 weeks in March 1997 to 6.9 weeks in October 2006.

Average waiting times for cancer patients are not available centrally. Latest published figures show that 95 per cent. of patients are treated within two months of urgent GP referral. There are no equivalent figures for 1997, but this compares to 78 per cent. of patients treated within two months of urgent GP referral in June 2004, when this information was first published.