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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median number of days, wait was for patients to receive hospital treatment following GP referral in England in each month since January 1997 based on hospital episodes statistics. (196395)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: By December 2008, patients who want it, and for whom it is clinically appropriate, can expect to start their treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral.

Referral to treatment (RTT) waits were not monitored centrally prior to January 2007. Measurement of referral to treatment waiting times for admitted patients commenced in January 2007 and for non-admitted patients from April 2007. The following table shows median referral to treatment waits for both admitted and non-admitted patients since January 2007 and April 2007 respectively.

Average (median) RTT times (commissioner based) for completed pathways

Days

Admitted patients

Non-admitted patients

January 2007

136

February 2007

135

March 2007

132

April 2007

122

57

May 2007

117

58

June 2007

115

54

July 2007

116

52

August 2007

109

51

September 2007

107

53

October 2007

102

47

November 2007

94

43

December 2007

79

49

Source:

Monthly RTT data collection

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation in each month since October 2005. (196396)

[holding answer 25 March 2008]: The figures are shown in the following table.

Number of patients waiting over six months (26 weeks) for inpatient admission

Month ending

Provider based

Commissioner based

2005

October

25,679

24,847

November

12,744

12,297

December

1,021

108

2006

January

1,014

129

February

954

165

March

939

222

April

928

162

May

888

85

June

884

67

July

913

59

August

834

122

September

1,043

206

October

1,089

353

November

892

212

December

756

138

2007

January

920

299

February

785

378

March

597

352

April

694

426

May

726

436

June

529

312

July

491

269

August

524

250

September

433

122

October

323

18

November

317

77

December

395

106

2008

January

379

99

Notes:

1. Provider based figures include patients treated in English hospitals but registered with general practitioners (GPs) outside England.

2. Commissioner based figures relate to patients registered with GPs in England, and include national health service funded patients treated outside England or in the independent sector.

Source:

Monthly monitoring return