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Waiting Lists and Times

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the types of waiting lists recorded by her Department. (115718)

The Department receives and publishes list size and waiting time information on waits for first consultant out-patient appointments (from GP referral), 15 key diagnostic tests (from the decision to test), and in-patient admissions (from decision to admit).

Mandatory collection and reporting of referral-to-treatment list sizes and times (the wait for first definitive treatment from the date of initial referral) begins in January 2007. The data will be published as soon as they are of sufficient quality, probably in the spring.

The national health service also collects and reports waiting time, but not list size, information on cancer services, accident and emergency services, general practitioner and other primary care appointments, and ambulance response times.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list times for (a) patients and (b) cancer patients of Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals were in each year since 1997. (117043)

The table shows the median waiting times for inpatients, outpatients and for diagnostic tests in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust from 1997. The two further tables show the median waiting times for inpatients and outpatients at the two predecessor trusts that merged to form the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Median waiting times for inpatients, outpatients and for diagnostic tests in Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust (provider based)

Median wait in weeks

End of month

Year

Inpatient

Outpatient

Diagnostic test

March

1997

16.5

4.6

n/a

March

1998

18.3

4.6

n/a

March

1999

17.8

5.3

n/a

March

2000

17.0

6.9

n/a

March

2001

15.0

7.6

n/a

March

2002

16.8

9.1

n/a

March

2003

15.1

8.3

n/a

March

2004

11.6

8.6

n/a

March

2005

10.3

8.9

n/a

March

2006

9.1

7.4

5.1

September

2006

9.0

8.3

4.8

November

2006

8.1

n/a

5.7

Note:

Prior to the financial year, 1999-2000 Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust existed as two separate trusts, Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Therefore, the figures given are based on a sum of the figures for these two trusts, the medians for which are provided in the two following tables. Inpatient and diagnostic waiting time based on median wait of those still waiting at end of period

Outpatient waiting times based on time waited for those seen during the quarter.

Source:

Department of Health, KH07, QM08, Monthly Monitoring and DMO1

Median inpatient waits for Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, provider based

Median (Weeks)

Month end

Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust

East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

March 1997

16.9

15.1

March 1998

18.6

17.6

March 1999

18.0

17.4

Median outpatient waits for Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, provider based

Median (Weeks)

Month end

Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust

East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

March 1997

4.1

5.7

March 1998

4.3

5.3

March 1999

5.2

5.6

Average waiting times for the treatment of cancer patients are not collected centrally. Cancer waiting times standards of a maximum wait of 31 days from diagnosis to first cancer treatment and a maximum wait of 62 days from urgent referral to first cancer treatment were introduced for all cancer patients from December 2005. Data showing performance against these standards for the period July to September 2006 show that patients at the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust achieved 98.4 per cent., and 89.3. per cent, respectively.

More detailed information and historic statistics for these standards and the cancer two week wait are available at:

www.performance.doh.gov.uk/cancerwaits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were performed within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine, (j) 10, (k) 11 and (l) 12 weeks or more of referral from a general practitioner or specialist practitioner in each quarter in each of the last five years, broken down by acute hospital trust. (116241)

The information requested is not available.

Voluntary collection and reporting of referral to treatment (RTT) data has been under way since autumn 2006. Mandatory national RTT waiting time collection for admitted patients begins this month, and for non-admitted patients in April. Publication will begin as soon as the data are of sufficient quality. For the admitted data this is likely to be in the spring; for the non-admitted data in the summer.

The national health service undertook a baseline data research exercise in summer 2006 involving an estimation methodology that looked at hospital attendance and admission records from earlier in the year. The results, which do not have the status of official or national statistics but are available on the 18-weeks website (www.18weeks.nhs.uk) suggest that, nationally, in early 2006, the pathway of 35 per cent. of admitted patients and 70-80 per cent. of non-admitted patients met 18 weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in East Sussex waited for more than six months for GP referral for elective operations in the last period for which figures are available. (116563)

Robust information on waiting times from referral to treatment will be collected by the national health service for the very first time this month. Publication of the data for admitted patients is likely to be available in the spring and data for the non-admitted patients are likely to be available in the summer. This will help frontline staff to manage patient pathways properly and to track progress towards the 18-week maximum target wait.

The current waiting time standards include a maximum six-month wait for in-patient treatment from the decision to admit. At the end of November 2006, there were six patients waiting over six months for in-patient admission in East Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust.