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Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) median and (b) mean waiting times for patients waiting to see mental health specialists as (i) an out-patient first attendance and (ii) an in-patient admission were in each year since 1997. (137389)

The information is shown in the following table. It should be noted that waiting times collected by the Department relate to consultant-led services only.

Commissioner based waiting time information for mental health specialties, 1997 to 2007

Out-patient appointment

In-patient admission

Month end

Mean (weeks)

Median (weeks)

Mean (weeks)

Median (weeks)

June

1997

7.2

4.1

12.5

9.8

March

1998

6.5

3.8

12.6

9.7

March

1999

6.5

3.7

12.1

8.8

March

2000

6.9

3.8

12.6

8.5

March

2001

6.8

3.8

10.5

8.7

March

2002

7.3

4.0

9.9

8.1

March

2003

6.2

4.3

9.2

7.5

March

20041

5.5

3.9

9.3

8.1

March

20051

5.2

3.7

6.6

5.3

March

20061

5.2

3.8

6.1

4.2

December

20061

4.0

3.3

4.2

3.4

March

20071

n/a

n/a

3.9

3.1

1 Total in-patient waiting lists below 100 people for mental health specialties. It should be noted that for these low numbers the mean and median waiting times are prone to fluctuations.

Notes:

1. The figures are based on combined data from the following mental health specialties: Mental Illness, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Old Age Psychiatry.

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

Source:

Department of Health, QF01 and QMO8rs