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Health Services: Lancashire

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list time for (a) patients of Chorley hospital and (b) cancer patients of Chorley hospital were in each year since 1997; and which (i) hospitals, (ii) care trusts and (iii) foundation trusts in Lancashire are in budget deficit. (110549)

The information is not available in the format requested. Information for the national health service organisations which Chorley hospital has been part of since 1997 is contained in the tables shown.

Median in-patient waits for Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, provider based, 1997 to 2000

Median (weeks)

As at March each year:

Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust

Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Combined

1997

11.2

14.9

13.9

1998

10.6

14.1

12.8

1999

11.8

11.9

11.9

2000

10.4

11.1

11.0

Median out-patient waits for Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, provider based, 1997 to 2000

Median (weeks)

As at March each year:

Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust

Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Combined

1997

7.3

6.2

6.5

1998

8.3

7.5

7.8

1999

7.0

8..3

7.9

2000

8.9

8.0

8.3

Median waiting times for in-patients and out-patients in Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, provider based, 2001 and 2002

Median (weeks)

As at March each year:

In-patient

Out-patient

2001

10.4

7.7

2002

10.4

8.6

Median waiting times for in-patients and out-patients in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (provider based), 2003 to 2006

Median (weeks)

As at March each year:

In-patient

Out-patient

2003

10.0

7.4

2004

9.7

7.0

2005

8.1

7.1

2006

7.7

6.6

Notes:

1. In-patient waiting time based on median wait of those still waiting at end of period. Out-patient waiting times based on time waited for those seen during the quarter.

2. Prior to the financial year 2000-01, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust existed as two separate trusts—Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2000-01 these trusts merged (with part of Chorley being allocated to another trust), keeping the name Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. In the financial year 2002-03, this became Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The ‘combined’ figures given prior to 2000-01 are based on a sum of the two merged trusts. Due to the division of Chorley as part of the trust merger, the medians prior to 2000-01 should be regarded as estimates as they are based on data that does not fully represent the area currently covered by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

Source:

Department of Health, KHO7, QMO8 and monthly monitoring

With regard to hospital deficits, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust are the only NHS organisations in Lancashire currently in budget deficit.