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Heart Diseases: Waiting Lists

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for cardiac operations was in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Greenwich in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available. (205342)

The median waiting times for in-patient admission for the specialty cardiothoracic surgery are shown in the following tables.

Median waiting times for elective cardiothoracic surgery, position at end of quarter: commissioner based

Median waiting times in weeks

Quarter 4 1996-97

Quarter 2 2007-08

England

17.6

5.0

London

17.9

4.5

Bexley and Greenwich Health Authority1

18.7

Greenwich primary care trust1 (PCT)

3n/a

1 Existing organisation at quarter four 1996-97. 3 Median not provided as the total number of waiters is too small for a statistically meaningful median to be calculated. A breakdown is given by weeks waiting in the following table. Source: Department of Health form QF01.

Patients waiting for elective cardiothoracic surgery, Greenwich PCT: end of quarter two 2007-08 (commissioner based)

Patients still waiting at quarter end, by weeks waiting

Under 1 week

2

1 to <2 weeks

1

2 to <3 weeks

2

3 to <4 weeks

1

4 to <5 weeks

1

5 to <6 weeks

0

6 to <7 weeks

3

7 to <8 weeks

3

8 to <9 weeks

0

9 to <10 weeks

0

10 to <11 weeks

1

Total waiting list

14

Source: Department of Health form QF01.