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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median (i) inpatient and (ii) outpatient waiting times were in each year from 1993-94 to 2006-07, as given by (A) Korner and (B) Hospital Episodes Statistics data. (174779)

The figures are shown in the following tables.

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

The NHS has delivered access targets through better waiting list management. This means that routine cases are seen “in turn” once clinical priorities have been treated. Median waits initially increase as the longest wait patients are treated and this is reflected in the HES figures.

Inpatient mean and medians in weeks from 1994

Korner aggregate returns

HES

Year ending

Median commissioner

Mean commissioner

Median provider

Mean provider

March 1994

14.4

20.2

5.9

13.0

March 1995

12.5

17.8

6.1

12.9

March 1996

11.8

15.9

6.0

12.6

March 1997

13.2

18.1

5.7

11.8

March 1998

14.9

20.0

5.9

12.8

March 1999

12.9

18.6

6.4

14.1

March 2000

12.9

18.7

6.1

12.9

March 2001

12.6

18.1

6.3

13.3

March 2002

12.7

17.4

6.7

13.7

March 2003

11.9

15.6

7.0

14.1

March 2004

10.2

12.4

7.1

13.6

March 2005

8.5

10.6

7.4

12.0

March 2006

7.3

8.7

7.3

11.1

March 2007

6.2

7.4

7.0

10.4

October 2007

5.0

6.2

n/a

n/a

Notes:

1. HES figures relate to patients admitted during financial year ending March.

2. Korner figures relate to numbers waiting as at 31 March (or at 31 October for the current figures).

Source:

QF01 return, HES.

Outpatient mean and medians in weeks from 1994

Korner aggregate returns

HES

Year ending

Median commissioner

Mean commissioner

Median provider

Mean provider

March 1994

5.4

9.4

n/a

n/a

March 1995

5.8

9.1

n/a

n/a

March 1996

6.1

8.7

n/a

n/a

March 1997

6.1

8.6

n/a

n/a

March 1998

6.4

9.2

n/a

n/a

March 1999

6.9

10.0

n/a

n/a

March 2000

7.4

11.1

n/a

n/a

March 2001

7.4

10.8

n/a

n/a

March 2002

7.3

10.4

n/a

n/a

March 2003

7.2

8.7

n/a

n/a

March 2004

7.0

7.9

n/a

n/a

March 2005

7.0

7.5

7.0

8.3

March 2006

6.5

6.9

6.9

7.8

March 2007

5.0

5.6

n/a

n/a

Notes:

1. HES figures relate to patients admitted during financial year ending March. Outpatient HES only available from 2004-05.

2. Korner figures prior to March 1998 are provider based.

Source:

QM08R return, HES.