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Patients: Barnet

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Barnet are waiting for treatment; how many there were at the end of (a) 2006-07 and (b) 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. (177901)

Information on the total number of patients waiting for in-patient treatment and patients waiting more than 26 weeks in the Barnet primary care trust (PCT) area for 2006-07 and 1996-97 and the latest available figures for November 2007 can be found in the following table.

Month

Area

In-patient waiting times for 26 weeks

Total number of people waiting for in-patient treatment

2007

November

Barnet PCT

0

3,586

2006-07

March

Barnet PCT

0

3,603

1996-97

March

Barnet health authority

1,684

7,321

Today waiting times are at a record low; patients can expect a maximum 13 week wait for their first out-patient appointment and a maximum six month wait for an operation.

The latest data shows that over half of admitted patients (patients who require admission to hospital for treatment) and over three quarters of non-admitted patients are treated within 18 weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Barnet had NHS operations and other treatment (a) overseas and (b) outside London (i) in each of the last two years and (ii) in 1997; and if he will make a statement. (179106)

The information requested is not held in the format requested. The following table shows the number of patients in Barnet Primary Care Trust area who received treatment outside of London for the years 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2006-07. These are the only years for which data is available.

Please note that the data is not collected in the format requested, as records only show operations that took place outside of London, and not necessarily overseas. Furthermore, 2002-03 are the latest records available.

Count of finished consultant and admission episodes for Barnet PCT of residence where operations and other treatments were received outside of the London strategic health national health service hospitals England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by English NHS

Finished admission episodes

Finished consultant episodes

2006-07

1,465

1,582

2005-06

1,539

1,676

2002-03

1,210

1,287

Notes:

Finished admission episodes (FAE)

A FAE is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)

An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

Data Quality

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and PCTs in England. Data is also received from a number of Independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

Assessing growth through time

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.

Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.

Ungrossed Data

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

HES, The Information Centre for health and social care