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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on out-patient waiting lists were seen within 13 weeks in each year since 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) Korner and (b) the Hospital Episodes Statistics data. (174780)

The percentage of patients who were seen within 13 weeks, in each year since 1993-94 are outlined in the following table. Waiting times for out-patient appointments were not collected prior to 1994. Out-patient Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) Data were collected for the first time in 2003-04.

It should be noted that Korner data measures the numbers still waiting at the end of a period, while HES measures the time waited for patients admitted during a year. HES figures do not take into account any adjustments for patient cancellations or did not attends.

Percentage of general practitioner referrals for first consultant led out-patient appointment seen within 13 weeks

Percentage of patients seen in under 13 weeks

Financial year

Korner

HES

1993-04

81.8

n/a

1994-05

82.6

n/a

1995-06

83.4

n/a

1996-07

83.7

n/a

1997-08

81.8

n/a

1998-09

78.9

n/a

1999-2000

75.3

n/a

2000-01

76.2

n/a

2001-02

77.0

n/a

2002-03

77.6

n/a

2003-04

80.2

n/a

2004-05

83.4

n/a

2005-06

90.9

81.6

2006-07

98.1

89.3

2007-08 (to date)

99.7

n/a

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on in-patient waiting lists were seen within six months in each year from 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) the Hospital Episodes Statistics database and (b) Korner data. (174781)

The figures are shown in the following tables.

It should be noted that Korner data measures the numbers still waiting at the end of a period, while Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) measures the time waited for patients admitted during a year. HES figures do not take into account periods of suspension for medical and social reasons.

Percentage of waits under six months, 1990 to 2007—Official waiting times data (Korner)

Month end March:

Percentage on list who were waiting under 6 months

19901

58

19911

61

19921

70

19931

72

1994

71

1995

76

1996

80

1997

75

1998

70

1999

74

2000

74

2001

76

2002

77

2003

81

2004

91

2005

95

2006

100

20072

100

1 All Korner figures from 1994 onwards are commissioner based.

2 From April 2006, data collected in weeks, and therefore figures for March 2007 reflect waits under 26 weeks.

Source:

Department of Health, QF01, KH07 returns HES, Information Centre for health and social care

Percentage treated in under 6 months—HES

Financial year

Percentage of patients treated in under 6 months

1989-90

n/a

1990-91

86

1991-92

84

1992-93

85

1993-94

85

1994-95

84

1995-96

85

1996-97

86

1997-98

85

1998-99

82

1999-2000

85

2000-01

84

2001-02

83

2002-03

82

2003-04

82

2004-05

87

2005-06

90

2006-07

94

Note:

All HES figures are provider based.

Source:

Department of Health, QF01, KH07 returns HES, Information Centre for health and social care