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Screening: Waiting Lists

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time has been for a (i) magnetic resonance imaging, (ii) computerised tomography, (iii) non-obstetric ultrasound, (iv) barium enema, (v) DEXA scan, (vi) cardiology - echocardiography, (vii) cardiology - electrophysiology, (viii) peripheral neurophysiology, (ix) colonoscopy, (x) flexi sigmoidoscopy, (xi) cytoscopy and (xii) gastroscopy test in each month since January 2006. (123063)

The information requested is provided in the following table.

Commissioner based mean and median waiting time information for diagnostic test—2006s

Weeks

Month end

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

Test

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

6.4

9.3

5.2

7.3

4.9

6.5

5.4

6.9

4.9

6.6

Computed Tomography

2.7

4.8

2.6

4.3

2.4

3.8

2.7

4.1

2.5

4.0

Non-obstetric ultrasound

4.3

7.3

3.8

6.2

3.8

5.8

4.1

6.0

3.8

5.8

Barium Enema

2.9

5.5

2.6

4.6

2.7

4.4

2.8

4.5

2.6

4.4

DEXA Scan

7.6

13.0

5.7

10.9

6.1

11.0

6.3

10.9

5.9

10.5

Cardiology-echocardiography

8.1

13.4

6.9

12.7

6.5

12.4

6.2

9.1

5.9

8.6

Cardiology-electrophysiology

9.8

11.1

8.2

10.6

9.7

11.7

10.4

12.0

10.8

12.2

Neurophysiology-peripheral neurophysiology

11.8

19.6

11.9

19.5

10.6

18.3

11.3

19.0

11.0

18.8

Colonoscopy

11.0

23.5

10.2

20.5

8.8

19.7

8.7

18.6

8.3

18.0

Flexi sigmoidoscopy

7.0

12.6

6.3

12.2

6.3

11.4

6.5

11.2

5.9

10.6

Cystoscopy

6.7

10.1

5.9

9.5

5.7

9.0

6.3

9.1

5.9

8.6

Gastroscopy

7.0

12.8

6.1

12.1

6.0

11.7

6.3

11.7

5.9

11.5

Weeks

Month end

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

Test

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Magnetic resonance imaging

4.4

6.1

4.5

6.0

4.9

6.3

4.5

6.1

4.3

5.7

Computed tomography

2.5

4.0

2.6

4.1

2.7

4.3

2.4

3.9

2.4

3.6

Non-obstetric ultrasound

3.5

5.3

3.6

5.3

3.9

5.5

3.4

5.1

3.4

4.9

Barium enema

2.3

3.6

2.4

3.7

2.6

3.9

2.3

3.9

2.4

3.5

DEXA scan

5.3

9.9

5.5

10.8

5.3

10.2

4.7

9.5

4.6

9.5

Cardiology-echocardiography

5.6

8.5

5.5

8.5

6.1

9.2

5.4

8.7

5.1

8.5

Cardiology-electrophysiology

10.1

11.7

9.6

11.7

10.2

11.6

9.9

11.1

9.0

10.6

Neurophysiology-peripheral neurophysiology

9.8

17.9

10.2

18.1

10.7

18.1

10.4

17.7

10.0

17.0

Colonoscopy

7.5

17.7

7.4

17.4

7.5

16.6

7.0

16.2

6.4

15.0

Flexi sigmoidoscopy

5.8

10.0

5.5

9.9

5.8

9.4

5.1

8.9

4.8

8.6

Cystoscopy

5.7

8.5

5.7

8.5

6.0

8.7

5.6

8.6

5.4

8.5

Gastroscopy

5.7

11.2

5.6

11.1

5.5

10.7

4.8

10.1

4.3

9.2

Weeks

Month end

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

Test

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Median waiting time

Mean waiting time

Magnetic resonance imaging

4.2

5.5

4.9

6.0

4.3

5.7

4.0

5.0

Computed tomography

2.1

3.3

2.9

4.0

2.1

3.3

2.1

2.9

Non-obstetric ultrasound

3.1

4.5

3.8

5.0

2.9

4.7

3.0

4.1

Barium enema

2.1

3.3

2.9

3.9

2.2

3.6

2.0

3.0

DEXA scan

4.4

9.4

4.8

9.4

3.7

7.1

3.7

6.3

Cardiology-echocardiography

4.7

7.1

5.2

7.8

4.7

7.0

4.1

6.3

Cardiology-electrophysiology

9.8

11.0

9.1

10.4

8.9

9.8

7.0

8.8

Neurophysiology-peripheral neurophysiology

9.0

16.7

9.8

17.6

9.7

16.8

7.2

14.9

Colonoscopy

6.4

15.8

6.8

15.9

6.4

14.6

4.9

13.6

Flexi sigmoidoscopy

4.5

9.0

5.2

9.4

4.4

9.1

4.1

9.0

Cystoscopy

5.0

8.0

5.7

8.7

5.5

8.4

4.9

7.8

Gastroscopy

4.1

9.8

4.7

9.9

3.8

9.1

3.6

8.5

Source:

Department of Health, DM01